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Reimagining Post COVID-19: Facebook Sets Work from Home for 5-10 Years

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The COVID-19 has compelled Facebook to stick with remote work for a long-term basis and even after spread of infection subsides. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder, thus emphasized on the company’s geographical diversity. At least 50 percent of its workforce will be attending work shifts from their homes. By 2030, half of Facebook’s workforce will work full-time but remote.

“Over the next 5-10 years, I think we could have 50% of our people working remotely, but we’re going to get there in a measured way,” announced Zuckerberg in a statement posted after the staff meeting.

Facebook has already showed the way how most of the tech giants around the globe are willing to function post-COVID.

“I think Facebook will be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale, and we’ve been working on a thoughtful and responsible plan to do this.”

A survey published by the company has estimated that around 20 percent of its staff was “extremely or very interested” in working from home, full-time. Such a monumental shift in working pattern coming from one of the influential companies is a turn-up for the book.

“The immediate driver, though, that’s accelerated this dramatically is COVID, obviously. And I think that the experience of being remote for some period has been more positive than expected — not without issues.”- an excerpt from Zuckerberg’s interview.

Selection of staff eligible for remote work will be based on their performance and job role. The company has set 1 January as the deadline to decide the new locations for the employees.

“But I also just think that there’s this practical element, which is that a lot of people aren’t going to be able to go back to the offices for a while. Even with social distancing, we think that the offices are going to be at about 25 percent density. 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,” read the interview

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