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Meta asks employees to return to offices from September

Meta asks employees to return to offices from September

Meta’s “year of efficiency” continues to take shape with an announcement that the tech titan will require employees to report to the office at least three days a week starting in September.

The company began informing employees of the policy on Thursday, noting that it will not apply to existing workers who primarily work remotely. 

“We’re committed to distributed work, and we’re confident people can make a meaningful impact both from the office and at home,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement. “We’re also committed to continuously refining our model to foster the collaboration, relationships and culture necessary for employees to do their best work.”

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerburg alluded to the coming policy change back in March. 

“Our early analysis of performance data suggests that engineers who either joined Meta in-person and then transferred to remote or remained in-person performed better on average than people who joined remotely,” Zuckerberg said. “This analysis also shows that engineers earlier in their career perform better on average when they work in-person with teammates at least three days a week.”

That’s a shift from June 2021, when the Facebook parent initially extended its remote work policy to all full-time employees. At the time, Zuckerburg said, “Good work can get done anywhere.”

The company is in the midst of what Zuckerburg has termed Meta’s “year of efficacy” which has included roughly 21,000 layoffs, the last round of which occurred in May. 

Meta is also far from alone. Other companies, including Amazon and Alphabet, have also instructed workers to come into the office at least three days a week, according to reports. This came to a head Wednesday, when a group of Amazon workers walked out of the company’s Seattle headquarters in protest of the policy, among other concerns.

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