Facebook joins the growing list of companies extending work from home policies amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As the pandemic forced companies to send employees home to telecommute, the tech industry led the way in adapting to the new situation. Twitter was one of the first companies to change its policies to allow employees to work from home forever. At the time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated his belief that within five to 10 years, Facebook could see half of its positions become permanently remote.
Now Facebook how joined Google in extending work from home policies well into next year. Whereas Google has said employees could work from home through June 2021, Facebook is extending their policy through July 2021.
According to The Verge, Facebook spokesperson Nneka Norville said: “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. In addition, we are giving employees an additional $1,000 for home office needs.”
At some point, as more and more companies continue to extend work from home policies, it’s only a matter of time before remote work becomes the new standard.