Facebook Allows Permanent Work from Home for Many Employees

Yolanda Curtis
May 25, 2020

Zuckerberg stated that he predicts that 50 percent of Facebook's employees could be working remotely within the next five to 10 years, stating: "We're going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale". The announcement was followed by another surprise announcement which said that Facebook will be setting up its new hubs in the Denver, Atlanta and Dallas areas.

Employees who attempt to wiggle around the compensation adjustments will be subject to "severe ramifications", he said, as the company needs to account for employee locations to avoid violating tax laws.

Facebook expects that, with social distancing measures in place when offices reopen, the company can only support 25% density and capacity in its workspaces.

It will also give senior employees at this level who have positive reviews and have managers okay with remote working the opportunity to make the work-from-home situation permanent, Zuckerberg added.

Zuckerberg said a Facebook employee survey found that about 20% of workers were "extremely or very interested, quot; in moving to full-time remote work after virus-related restrictions were lifted".

Facebook has also partnered with multiple ecommerce solutions, including Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, ChannelAdvisor and more, giving businesses the flexibility to use a variety of tools within Facebook's ecommerce ecosystem. Both Twitter and now Shopify have also chose to let some employees work remotely on a permanent-basis. With more reliance on Facebook Messenger and video chat, Zuckerberg said teams are finding bugs and improving the products at a faster rate. Workplace has grown its base from 3 million users in October to 5 million now amidst the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

The new tool is free to set-up but Facebook's Vice President of ads Dan Levy told TechCrunch Facebook will charge a "small fee" on each purchase made through the ecommerce platform - he said the real monetization benefits for Facebook come through driving more advertising since Shops can be featured in News Feed and Stories ads.

Jeff Bezos-led Amazon, which spent billions on its new Seattle urban headquarters previous year, said in a statement on April 30 that its employees are welcome to work from home until October.

But he also dashed a Silicon Valley dream: that tech workers would be able to take their generous salaries with them if they decide to flee the crushing housing costs, dirty sidewalks and crowded roadways of the San Francisco Bay Area. But there will be other expenses, including flying remote workers in for company meetings and other set-up expenditures.

The Facebook CEO said that these initiatives will focus on experienced employees, rather than college graduates, who Zuckerberg thinks "need to be in the office more, for training".

Facebook shares traded 1.80% higher at $233.19 in the after-hours session on Thursday.

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