Meta Abandons Remote Work Policy

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Meta Abandons Work-From-Home Policy as Hiring Managers are Prohibited from Listing Remote Jobs

Tech giant Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has reportedly stopped hiring remote workers. According to Insider, the company’s hiring managers can no longer list jobs as remote, signalling a shift away from the work-from-home policy that made Big Tech so appealing even after the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zuckerberg Pushes For in-person Work

Meta CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg recently sent a letter to employees calling for a return-to-office push. In the letter, shared on Facebook on March 14, Zuckerberg wrote that their analysis of performance data suggests that engineers who work in-person performed better than those who joined remotely. He also hypothesised that building trust in person and creating relationships are more effective when working in the same location.

Commitment To Remote Work Remains

A Meta spokesperson has responded to concerns over the company’s shift away from remote work, telling Gizmodo in an email that Meta remains committed to remote work. The company has simply temporarily paused new remote work applications as leaders complete restructuring work.

Tech Giants Move Away From Remote Work

Meta is not the only tech company calling its employees back to the office. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff recently brought employees back to the office, after the company’s President and Chief People Officer declared that the “9-to-5 workday is dead.” This shift away from remote work is likely due to managers and companies regaining power from workers, especially during widespread layoffs when employees are desperate to keep their jobs.

What Does The Future Hold?

The shift away from remote work raises important questions about the future of work. Will companies permanently return to in-person work, or will a hybrid model become the norm? Only time will tell.


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