Facebook Extends Remote Working Plan to Most Employees

Employees Are Allowed to Work from Home After the Eradication of Coronavirus Pandemic from The World

The social media giant Facebook has recently announced that they would let all of their staff employees who are able to actively perform their work from the capacity of their own residence are allowed to continue doing so, as per their preference after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. The firm has given notice to all of the workers that anyone whose job role can be performed properly remotely outside of the office can request to continue remotely working.

The rival companies to Facebook, Google, and Apple have recently given the notice to reverse the working conditions applied during the coronavirus pandemic and told their staff members to return back in their offices in the upcoming months but would continue to observe various prevention protocols while being indoors.

The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced to the employees that he is currently planning to spend almost half of the upcoming year of 2022 with remote working. Previously, Zuckerberg said that almost half of the total number of employees working for Facebook, which accounts for around 60,000 staff members, could be allowed to work from home within a decade. That plan was further escalated by the occurring of the coronavirus pandemic.

The offices of Facebook are currently being expected to open to a complete capacity in the month of October this year, but the workers that do not have permission to work for the firm remotely will be required to come during office hours for at least half of the total office time.

One of the executives of Facebook has declined to provide the finalized number of staff members that have been given permission to work from the comfort of their residence but has confirmed that around 90% of the requests have been approved by Facebook.

Subcontractors of Facebook

Facebook has given a statement saying that their newly established policy for remote working is only applicable to staff members working directly under Facebook and would not include any subcontractors, which are widely used by the social media platform to perform content moderation and other tasks required.

In the month of November last year, the content moderators, which are under contract with Facebook, have given a public accusation regarding the firm, stating that Facebook is enforcing the subcontractors to come back into offices for work.

But at that time, the social media giant said that a major part of their 15,000 content reviewers presents globally had been working during the pandemic from remote locations and would continue doing so for the rest of the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mark Zuckerberg has set out his own experience that he gained during working remotely with the staff members in a separate memo. He said that being out of his office space has made him happier and more productive at work, allowing him to have more space for thinking long term, along with enabling him to spend more time with his family members at home.

Chief executive of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has spent some of his time during the pandemic with his family inside his private estate located in Hawaii.

Rival firm’s policies

Some of the other tech firms around the world have also given out future planning for the employees to return back to their offices.

In an all-staff memo, which has sent last week by the boss of Apple Tim Cook, stated that he is currently missing the buzzing of activity in offices, and the working employees should come to their offices for at least three days in a week by the month of September and has specified days of Wednesday and Friday when the staff members would be allowed to easily work remotely.

Although this plan proved to be very controversial among some of the working staff members, who later circulated a letter which stated that the policy by Apple had forced some of their colleagues to quit the firm.

In the month of May, the chief executive of Google wrote to all the employees that the firm would follow through with a hybrid working model, during which most of the working staff members would be allowed to spend three days in offices and two at the place where they have the best productivity.

These changes would eventually result in the greatest number of employees being physically present at offices for at least a few days per week, and the fifth complete day would be to work remotely.

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