Meta continues reversal of remote work policy
Meta, having long championed a pro-remote work culture, has now issued an edict that employees must return to the office for three days a week with effect from September 5.
According to Meta, the return-to-office mandate will support collaboration and inspire employees to work as a team to build the future at Meta. This contradicts with Meta’s previous stance on remote work, where the company announced they were looking to limit offices to 25% capacity as they aimed for half of its workforce to work remotely by 2030.
However, the company relooked its approach to the shift towards remote work in March, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicated in a memo.
“Engineers earlier in their career perform better on average when they work in-person with teammates at least three days a week,” he wrote. “This requires further study, but our hypothesis is that it is still easier to build trust in person and that those relationships help us work more effectively.”
Employees who had been hired for remote positions in areas where there are no offices would not be impacted by the new policy, as confirmed by a Meta spokesperson.
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“We’re committed to distributed work, and we’re confident people can make a meaningful impact both from the office and at home. We’re also committed to continuously refining our model to foster the collaboration, relationships and culture necessary for employees to do their best work,” the spokesperson said.