Facebook announced on Wednesday that it will give employees the option of continuing to work remotely in the long term, even offering to assist those who wish to relocate to other countries.
Beginning June 15, Facebook will allow any employee whose job can be done remotely to request to work that way permanently, according to AFP.
“We believe that how we work is more important than where we work,” Facebook stated while updating its remote work policy.
“We want to be the place where people can do their best work of their careers while also providing a consistent experience for employees no matter where they work.”
Early in the pandemic, Facebook and other Silicon Valley firms shifted to remote work, relying on the internet tools they create to complete tasks.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated that he believes the shift to remote work will be permanent at the leading social network, which plans to hire employees who can work from wherever they happen to be.
After a year-long pandemic shutdown, Facebook has recently begun reopening its offices, but without perks like free food and commuter shuttles.
Employees were gradually welcomed back to abandoned campuses for a variety of reasons, including the rollout of vaccines and improved health conditions.
Work schedules for those returning to offices will be flexible, according to Facebook, but the company expects people to be on-site at least half the time.
The world’s largest social network said it expects most of its US campuses to be at 50 percent capacity by early September.
According to the California-based company, some Facebook offices are open in Europe and Asia.
According to Facebook, safety protocols in place include wearing face masks and keeping one’s distance at work, as well as routine Covid-19 testing.
According to the company, as of June 15, Facebook will also expand remote work across international borders, supporting moves from the United States to Canada as well as shifts to Britain from other parts of Europe.
Google and Microsoft have both announced similar hybrid schemes for employees, and some companies, such as Twitter, have told employees that they can work remotely indefinitely.
Apple is reportedly facing employee opposition to its plan to return employees to the office.
According to the tech news site The Verge, the iPhone maker has asked employees to return three days a week beginning in September.
However, some Apple employees have signed a letter requesting more flexibility for employees who have been working remotely for more than a year.
According to the Apple letter, the remote system works well and provides employees with a better work-life balance, while also accommodating those with special needs and lowering the risk of contagion.