Covid-19: Facebook allows employees to work from home until 2021 and allocates $1,000 to cover home office needs
Coronavirus: back to normal soon? According to the latest developments in connection with the pandemic, Facebook is letting it be known that it expects it won't fade any time soon. The social network's managers are therefore recommending that the teleworking policy already in place be maintained. It was in effect until the end of this year. Now the company is talking about extending it until 2021. It thus joins others such as Twitter...
Reuters reports from a social network executive:
"Based on advice from health and government experts, as well as decisions from our internal discussions on these issues, we are allowing employees to continue to work at home voluntarily until July 2021. In addition, we are allocating an additional $1,000 to employees for home office needs,".
Facebook joins Twitter, which in March became one of the first technology companies to make its employees telework. To date, it is the same thing at Google. Last July, the company announced that it would allow employees who don't need to be at the office to work from home until the end of June 2021.
Roughly speaking, the strategies of companies that telework their employees are quite similar. It is in post-pandemic management that positions seem to diverge. The landscape of information and communication technologies is dominated by telework. This is the position of Twitter, which last May said :
"We were in a unique position to respond quickly and enable people to work from home because of the importance we place on decentralisation and supporting a distributed workforce that can work from anywhere. The last few months have proven that we can make it work. So if our employees are in positions that allow them to work from home and want to continue to do so forever, we will make it happen. If not, our offices will be their warm welcome, with a few extra precautions, when we feel safe to return. »
Speaking on the issue of mass adoption of telework and reports of increased productivity of workers in this niche, Satya Nadella - CEO of Microsoft - said:
"More and more meetings are starting and ending at the right time, but what I miss is when you walk into a physical meeting, you talk to the person next to you, you are able to connect with them for the two minutes before and after. It's difficult to replicate that in the virtual world. It's just as hard to replicate it in other soft skills that are essential to management and mentoring. »