FacebookInc will allowemployeestowork from homeuntilJuly 2021due to the coronavirus outbreak and will give them $1,000 for home office needs, a spokeswoman for the social media giant said on Thursday.
The company joins other big technology firms that have taken similar steps recently.
Late in July, Alphabet Inc’s Google said it would allow employees who do not need to be in the office to work from home until the end of June 2021, while Twitter Inc had proposed remote work indefinitely for some of its employees.
“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”, a Facebook spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.
“In addition, we are giving employees an additional $1,000 for home office needs,” it added.
Facebook also said that the company will continue reopening offices in a restricted capacity where government guidance permits and where virus mitigation has taken place for about two months.
However, the company added that it was unlikely many locations will reopen in the United States and Latin America before the end of the year, due to the high number of COVID-19 cases.
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Remote working was once considered a perk for senior leaders but the Covid-19 pandemic changed that. As countries went into lockdown mode to stop the spread of the virus, work-from-home became a reality for millions of office workers. While organizations may have struggled to adapt initially, many employers found that the benefits of remote working outweighed the drawbacks and are now looking to extend the work-from-home experiment.
Here are a few companies that are exploring long-term or permanent work-from-home options.
Infosys is exploring a flexible work-from-home model where a section of employees will work from home while others will work from the office. Speaking at the 39th Infosys Annual General Meeting, UB Pravin Rao, COO, Infosys, said it was too early to say how many will work from the office in the future.
Currently, 95 per cent of Infosys employees are working from home and Rao said the company is in no hurry to bring them back to the office.
Earlier this month, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced that it was exploring a permanent work-from-home option for its employees. The company hopes to have 75 per cent of its employees working from home by 2025 and the other 25 per cent working from the office only 25 per cent of the time.
Ed-tech startup Unacademy announced last month that 60 per cent of its 1,000-strong workforce will work from home permanently. “We did a bunch of experiments in the past two months.
Apart from a few core teams like product and content, where we need a lot of interactions and meetings on a daily basis everything can be moved remotely,” said co-founder Gaurav Munjal in an interview.
Gaming unicorn Dream Sports (which includes brands like Dream11, FanCode and DreamX) has allowed employees to work from home until a cure or vaccine is available for coronavirus.