Facebook will let its employees continue to work from home through July 2021. Recently, Google also extended its remote works policy until mid of next year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The company has had nearly 48,000 employees working remotely since the initial wave of pandemic and it previously announced that it would have employees work remotely through the end of 2020. The announcement follows previous indications from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that as many as 50% of Facebook employees could be working remotely within the next five to 10 years. Zuckerberg pitched the idea to Facebook staff as both a matter of satisfying employee desires and creating “more broad-based economic prosperity.” Zuckerberg mentioned on a livestream posted to his Facebook page in May as “When you limit hiring to people who live in a small number of big cities, or who are willing to move there, that cuts out a lot of people who live in different communities, have different backgrounds, have different perspectives.” And now this move continues with extended remote-work for mid of next year.
“Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions drawn from our internal discussions about these matters, we are allowing employees to continue voluntarily working from home until July 2021,” a spokeswoman told the Reuters news agency. The company will also be giving employees an additional $1,000 for home office needs.
Facebook also said that the company would continue reopening offices in a restricted capacity with government guidance where virus reduction has taken place for about two months. However, the company added that it was unlikely many locations will reopen in the United States and Latin America before the end of the year, due to the high number of COVID-19 cases.