50 Percent Facebook's employees may work remotely over next few years

50 Percent Facebook's employees may work remotely over next few years

Social media giant Facebook is planning to permanently embrace remote work  for at least five to 10 years.


"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. 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", said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


The company would take a more "measured approach" with existing employees based on job role and past performance, he stated.


"For our existing employees, our guiding principle is figuring out what will enable us to serve our community best and unlock the most innovation. My own thinking on this has changed over the past few months. I've always felt that our teams worked better when they could physically be together."


"We even designed our offices so there are places where people can walk freely and have those serendipitous conversations that can lead to really good ideas. But I think that technology can help us overcome this, and the lockdown has shown us what’s possible with the tools we have today."\


The move is the most significant yet by a tech company to reimagine what work culture will look like in a post-coronavirus world.


With social distancing, Facebook expect to fit 25% of employees back in the office for much of the rest of this year.


"Right now, the vast majority of employees are already working remotely and that will likely continue for months to come. We've already announced that anyone who can work from home is welcome to do so at least through 2020. Eventually we want to enable many existing employees to become long term remote workers if they want, but we're going to roll this out in a measured way so we can learn as we go", Zuckerberg added.



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