The corporate world has undergone a drastic change because of the coronavirus pandemic. Governments all over the world have been forced to implement nationwide and state-wide lockdowns to control the quick spread of the virus. Thus, schools, offices, colleges, shops, restaurants have all been shut down. All forms of business and education have been forced to go online, wherever possible.
Thus, employees from all over the world have been working from home for almost 2 months now.
Many companies are now realizing that work-from-home is more efficient than they had previously thought.
Facebook is one of them.
WHAT IS FACEBOOK DOING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?
On Thursday, Facebook announced that its employees would be able to work from home permanently.
Employees were informed of this decision during a live-streamed staff meeting from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page.
Zuckerberg said –
“It’s clear that COVID has changed a lot about our lives, and that certainly includes the way that most of us work.”
He added –
“Coming out of this period, I expect that remote work is going to be a growing trend as well.”
However, Facebook’s offer to work from home has a catch.
Employees who decide to work from home will have to give up their sky-high Silicon Valley salaries.
Work-from-home employees will be paid to match their local costs of living.
This move is a drastic turn away from the conventional ways of operation of tech companies. Stating that person-to-person communication was integral to generating popular products, tech giants used services like free shuttle buses, free cafeterias, and personal services like dry cleaning to prevent their employees from going home.
Robert Silverman, a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, said –
“Before the virus happened, a lot of the discussion about the tech sector was about how to bring people to work sites and create affordable housing.”
Silverman added –
“This is kind of a natural progression.”