Facebook Wants Remote Working to Become Permanent

Facebook Moves to Let More Employees Work From Home Permanently

Facebook Moves to Let More Employees Work From Home Permanently

As many as 50% of Facebook employees could be working remotely within the next five to 10 years, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday. Zuckerberg said Facebook will "aggressively" ramp up the hiring of remote workers, though not all employees would be allowed to permanently work from home, at least at the start.

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Zuckerberg shared the video broadcast on Facebook publicly, saying in a post, "This meeting is normally for employees only, but I wanted to share it externally in case our research or approach is helpful to other organizations thinking about what the future of work looks like". He said it was necessary to know where people are for tax and accounting purposes.

Prior to the pandemic, the focus of big US tech companies had been to have all employees working together at huge headquarters, some including Facebook, offering employees bonuses to live nearby. "That's not really the approach", Zuckerberg explained.

"As the technology improves, the number of jobs that can be done fully remotely will likely increase ... over time, location will hopefully be less of a factor ... this is an important direction that the world is going to go after Covid".

Zuckerberg said Facebook had removed content claiming that the 5G digital network is helping to spread the virus.

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He admitted still there are many "open questions" that Facebook needs to address. Four in ten said they were extremely, very or somewhat interested in full-time remote work, and among that subset, 75% said they would consider moving to a different city if they could work remotely. He said, "Even if something isn't going to lead to imminent physical harm, we don't want misinformation to be the content that is going viral". "So, that just means that we're going to have a lot of people who want to go back to the offices but aren't going to be able to".

Business will begin with limited workforces and a survey has found employees' productivity while working from home dropped by only one per cent.

"Eventually we want to enable many existing employees to become long term remote workers if they want".

The social media giant is faced with finding a fine line between allowing freedom of expression while also maintaining a platform that does not spread disinformation or cause harm to its users.

The service will allow businesses - irrespective of size and budget - to list and sell products directly to consumers across Facebook's apps for free.

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