Facebook employees will be able to work from home until the end of the year. In light of rising COVID cases due to the delta variant, the company has postponed plans to bring US employees back to the office.
A couple of weeks ago, the company announced that it would be reopening US offices at half the capacity by September. But that timeline has now been pushed back to January as cases have risen.
In a statement to CNBC, the company said it relies on data not dates as it determines when to return to the office. According to recent data, given the rising cases of Covid based on the delta variant, our U.S. team will not need to return to the facility until January in order to address concerns. Nonetheless, the timeframe has been extended to January in order to address concerns. In some other countries, as well, we anticipate that the same will be true. The situation is being monitored, and we are working with experts to ensure everyone’s safety when we return to work.”
It was Facebook that made headlines in early 2020 for being one of the first to close its offices, well before many other areas instituted their own lockdown policies.
The company has also announced that US workers will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Once the company reopens, the work environment is likely to change drastically for most employees.
It has been announced that Facebook will embrace remote work going forward, with Mark Zuckerberg saying as much as 50 percent of its workforce could work remotely within the next 5-10 years.