Facebook Inc. announced on Thursday that after sending its employees home due to the outbreak in March, some may never have to return to the office. The announcement comes less than two weeks after rival Twitter also said that it would let some employees work from home “forever.”
The announcement was made via a livestream video by Facebook’s chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerburg.
He said after an internal study was conducted, it found that 20% of Facebook employees were “extremely or very interested” in moving to full-time remote work after stay-at-home restrictions are lifted. Another 20% were “somewhat” interested. But the largest portion of people wanted the flexibility to choose between have some time between the office and some time remote working.
The tech giant has nearly 45,000 employees and is looking a decade post-pandemic to make these work-from-home transitions for up to 50% of its employees. However, the CEO also added that paychecks could be lowered to reflect cheaper costs of living in some cases, depending on location.
Facebook will begin by allowing new hires who are senior engineers to work remotely. Current employees however, can apply for permission to work from home if they have a record of positive performance reviews.
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