- Meta’s mandate to return to the office went into effect on Tuesday.
- The company began notifying employees in June of the upcoming change, which will not affect the current Meta list of remote workers.
- “We believe distributed work will continue to be important in the future, especially as our technology improves,” a Meta spokesperson told CNBC in a statement on Tuesday.
Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives in federal court in San Jose, California, December 20, 2022.
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Meta’s back-to-the-office mandate went into effect Tuesday, requiring employees to work from the company’s physical locations at least three days a week.
The company began notifying employees in June of the upcoming change, which will not affect the current Meta list of remote workers. However, any employee assigned to an office will have to abide by the rules starting this week.
“We believe distributed work will continue to be important in the future, especially as our technology improves,” a Meta spokesperson told CNBC on Tuesday in a statement. “In the near term, our personal focus is designed to support a robust and valuable experience for our employees who choose to work from the office, and we are thoughtful and deliberate about where we invest in remote working.”
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, first expanded its remote work policy to all full-time employees in June 2021. During the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company had learned that “good work can be done.” Anywhere, and I “I’m more optimistic about the potential for widespread remote work, especially as remote video and virtual reality continue to improve.”
But since then, several tech giants, such as Amazon and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, have reversed course on previous remote work policies, calling for employees to return to their physical offices at least three days a week or face consequences. At Amazon, some employees are required to move to different states to maintain their roles, and others have quit rather than abide by these demands.
As part of Meta’s “year of efficiency,” Zuckerberg hinted in a March blog post that he would update Meta’s policy after the company ran an internal analysis that showed in-person engineers “do more work.”
“Our early analysis of performance data indicates that engineers who joined the Meta in person and then transitioned to remote work or stayed in person performed better on average than people who joined remotely,” Zuckerberg wrote at the time. “This analysis also shows that engineers early in their careers perform better on average when they work personally with teammates at least three days a week.”
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