Half of Facebook's 45,000 employees may work from home in future

Half of Facebook's 45,000 employees may work from home in future

Up to half of Facebook’s 45,000 employees ‘will be allowed to work from home’ in future as it joins Twitter by shifting to more remote workforce

  • Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will increase remote work in the next five years
  • Facebook seeks to be ‘the most forward-leaning company’ on remote work 
  • Twitter announced staff can continue working remotely when offices reopen
  • A survey of UK workers suggests productivity has increased since lockdown 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Facebook has joined other social media giants in saying up to half of its 45,000 employees will be allowed to work from home in the future.

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the company will make the changes in the next five to ten years after staff reported equal levels of productivity while working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Zuckerberg, 36, said the company would be ‘the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale’ in a video streamed live on Facebook.

The announcement comes after Twitter told its 5,000 employees, including those at its London office, it would be their decision on whether they want to return to the office once they reopen. 

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, 36, has said the company will allow up to half its  45,000 employees to work remotely in the next five to ten years

Mr Zuckerberg said company is seeking to become ‘the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale’ in a video streamed live on Facebook. Pictured: Facebook’s corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California

He said: ‘This is fundamentally about changing our culture in the way that we all are going to work long-term.

‘I just think Covid is going to be with us for a while to come. The reality is that I don’t think we wake up one day on January 1 and nobody has any more concerns about this.

Mr Zuckerberg said the company will change its hiring policy to include more remote employees across the US, rather than just those who live near its offices.

He said: ‘When you limit hiring to people who either live in a small number of big cities or are willing to move there, that cuts out a lot of people who live in different communities, different backgrounds or may have different perspectives.’ 

Twitter says staff could work from home ‘forever’ other tech giants including Facebook and Google (above) have allowed most employees to work remotely through the end of the year

Twitter announced on My 12 it will allow employees to work remotely permanently, as the coronavirus outbreak forces companies to make unprecedented changes in offices across the globe

Around 95 per cent of Facebook employees are working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic with a survey finding staff feel just as productive.

Trainees and staff in hardware, policy, sales, HR and legal affairs are still expected to report to the office, reported The Times.

Other social media giants Google have have allowed most employees to work remotely until the end of the year.

Twitter announced on May 12 that employees who are remote working during the pandemic can do so permanently when offices reopen if they prefer. 

Swanky offices such as Google’s in London will be sitting empty for months after the tech giant advised employees to work from home

CEO Jack Dorsey emailed employees Tuesday saying when offices do finally open their doors, workers can choose to come in or continue working from afar. Twitter says most offices wont be opened before September

Britain’s largest commercial landlord has warned that its profits will plummet as office rental rates drop by 20% as many offices will be left half empty when they reopen.

Business will begin with limited workforces and a survey has found employees’ productivity while working from home dropped by only one per cent.

Land Securities has revealed just 10 per cent of the office space it owns is being used and it fears more firms will make the shift to remote working permanent.

The FTSE 100 giant collected just 63 per cent of quarterly rents within ten days of their March due date as the pandemic hit, down from 94 per cent a year earlier. 

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