Facebook Moves to Let More Employees Work From Home Permanently

"We're going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale", Zuckerberg says.

Those who choose to continue working remotely will need to report their locations to the company, Zuckerberg said. For accounting and tax reasons, the executive said employee pay could be adjusted in cases where employees change locations.

Making 75% of its employees work from home will facilitate social distancing in the office because of the fact that a smaller number of employees would be using a larger office space allowing them to sit and work far from each other whilst still being available to furnish the day to day requirements of things like this.

However, remote hiring will not be extended to new college graduates and less experienced hires, as the company feels that in-person training is critical.

Zuckerberg also said the move is rather "thoughtful and responsible", but he is also looking forward to having half of the company's 48,000 staff in 70 offices worldwide to permanently work remotely within a decade.

Like much of the business world, Facebook and its 45,000 employees have been taking a crash course in remote work since the March.

"Over time, we expect most of our workforce to be spread across large parts of the USA and beyond", vice president of people Lori Goler said in a Facebook post.

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Twitter and Square have also recently announced its employees would be able to work from home permanently.

The announcement comes as Facebook's paid business-focused platform Workplace recorded a surge in subscriptions, gaining two million paid users in little over six months.

It said it believed there were 120 fake Russian-backed pages which created 80,000 posts around the time of the campaign between Trump and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. For one, internal polling shows a majority want to get back to into the office as soon as possible, Zuckerberg said.

"This is fundamentally about changing our culture and the way that we are all going to work longterm", Zuckerberg said.

On Thursday, Zuckerberg said an employee survey indicated a lot of interest in permanent remote work, and that he saw benefits in allowing more people to shift away from offices.

Meanwhile, 30% of managers said they would definitely support fully remote teams, while 30% said they probably would and 10% indicated that they would not be willing to do so. The company will adjust employees' salaries depending on where they live, he said. Facebook may also reconsider employees' compensation if they do want to relocate.

  • Darren Santiago