Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that up to half of the company’s positions could permanently shift to remote work.
As the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe, company after company moved its workers to remote work. In many cases, it has been successful enough that companies are looking at making it a permanent option.
Twitter recently announced that all employees with positions that allowed it could work from home forever. Now Facebook is joining the trend, albeit at a more gradual pace.
“We’re going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale,” Zuckerberg told The Verge. “We need to do this in a way that’s thoughtful and responsible, so we’re going to do this in a measured way. But I think that it’s possible that over the next five to 10 years — maybe closer to 10 than five, but somewhere in that range — I think we could get to about half of the company working remotely permanently.”
Facebook is by far the largest company to commit to permanent remote work, and its example will hopefully be followed by many more.