Facebook will let all employees who can work remotely to request to work from home full-time

Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman of Facebook, speaks on the second day of the 56th Munich Security Conference. The fight against propaganda campaigns and other attempts at manipulation costs Facebook billions every year.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday announced that the company will allow all full-time employees whose jobs can be done remotely to request full-time remote work.

This is a change from plans Facebook announced in May 2020 when the company said it would allow certain employees, notably the most senior and experienced employees, to request permanent remote work. Zuckerberg made the announcement in a memo to employees laying out the company’s plans for a hybrid office and remote setup.

“We’ve learned over the past year that good work can get done anywhere, and I’m even more optimistic that remote work at scale is possible, particularly as remote video presence and virtual reality continue to improve,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Additionally, Zuckerberg said Facebook will begin allowing employees to request remote work across international borders. After June 15, the company will allow employees in the U.S. to request remote work in Canada and those in Europe to request remote work in the U.K., a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. In January 2022, the company will allow employees to permanently move between seven countries in Europe.

Zuckerberg said employees who want to work in an office will be asked to come into the office at least half of the time. This is to ensure that the office remains vibrant and so that employees who do come into the office make the most of being a part of that community.

Additionally, he said Facebook plans to organize regular in-person gathers for office and remote workers “to support the relationship-building.”