Facebook allows all employees to work from home even after a pandemic

Facebook-Campus in Menlo Park

Since the beginning of the pandemic last year, the 60,000 employees have been allowed to work from home.

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San Francisco Even after the pandemic, Facebook will let all employees work from home if their work does not have to be done from the office. However, if you move to a less expensive area than Silicon Valley, you will have to expect wages, the company said.

As of June 15, anyone on Facebook will be able to request to work from home, the Menlo Park, California-based company said on Wednesday. If these employees move to a more cost-effective region, their salaries will be adjusted accordingly. They are also encouraged to appear in the office at least temporarily to encourage team building.

Employees who are expected to return to the office should be there at least half the time, the company said. Facebook also plans to reopen most of its US offices to at least 50 percent by the beginning of September and to make them fully accessible again from October. By the end of 2021, employees can work for up to 20 working days from a location outside their home area, the company announced.

Facebook has more than 60,000 employees. Since the pandemic began last year, they have been allowed to work from home. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last year that he believes that up to 50 percent of the workforce could telework in the next five to ten years.

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Zuckerberg himself may not want to spend half of his working hours in the office in the future. The absence gave him “more space for long-term thinking” and more time with his family during the pandemic, which made him “happier and more productive” at work, according to the company founder.

Facebook also allows more employees to move to other countries – so far, mainly employees in technical functions or in recruiting have been able to use this option.

Other tech companies are also trying to be more flexible about retaining employees who enjoyed remote working freedom during the pandemic, such as VMware, Twitter and Square.

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