Facebook Inc. said it will let all the employees work remotely even after the pandemic if their jobs can be done out of an office, but may reduce their pay if they move to a less-expensive area
Starting June 15, any Facebook employee can request to work from home. If those employees move to a lower-cost region, their salaries will be adjusted accordingly and they will be encouraged to go into the office at times to enhance team-building. Facebook also plans to open most of its U.S. offices to at least 50% capacity by early September and reopen in October. Until the end of 2021, employees can work as many as 20 business days from another location away from their home area, the company said.
Mark Zuckerberg had previously said that the half of company’s 60,000 employees could be working from home within a decade. The offices are expected to open to full capacity in October, but employees without permission to work remotely will have to come in at least half of the time.
“ As part of my commitment to remote and hybrid work, I plan to spend as much as half of the next year working remotely,” Zuckerberg told employees on Wednesday. “ I’ve found that working remotely has given me more space for long-term thinking and helped me spend more time with my family, which has made me happier and more productive at work.
“I’ll be in the office a lot too, and I’m structuring my schedule to keep a good rhythm with our leadership team, as well as for planning and other key milestones,” Zuckerberg added. “I’m looking forward to getting to see a lot of you in our offices again soon.”
Facebook also is expanding the number of workers who are allowed to move to other countries. Later this month, any employee will be able to move from U.S. to Canada or from Europe, the Middle East or Africa to anywhere in U.K., according to the company. Previously, only employees in technical or recruiting roles were allowed to take advantage of this option.
Other tech companies also are grappling with how to retain employees who have joined the freedom of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. VMware Inc. is letting its employees become permanent remote workers, but they too will receive a pay cut if they move from Silicon Valley. Twitter Inc. and Square Inc., have also announced that their employees can work from home permanently.