Facebook will let employees work from home until July 2021

Facebook will let employees work from home until July 2021

by Arianna Ardia-Wenink
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Facebook is extending its work from home policy until July of next year, becoming the latest tech giant to commit to letting staff work remotely in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The company is also giving employees $1,000 for home office supplies.

Facebook will let its employees continue to work from home through July 2021, the company announced today. It joins other companies like Google, will also allow employees to work remotely until next summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Facebook has a reputation of either acquiring or cloning its competitors. It’s not surprising that a week after Google’s announcement offering employees the option to work remotely up until next June 2021, Facebook copied its policy. Google also recently extended its work from home policy until July 2021. And some companies, including Twitter, have said their staff may work remotely indefinitely.

 

“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,” said Nneka Norville, a Facebook spokesperson, on Thursday. Norville also said Facebook is giving employees $1,000 for “home office needs.”

 

Facebook has had nearly all of its roughly 48,000 employees working remotely since the initial wave of stay-at-home orders back in March, and it previously announced that it would have employees work remotely through the end of 2020. The announcement follows indeed 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.

 

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