Facebook similar to Google has decided to extend its work from home policy up till July of the next year. They have taken this step to ensure that their employees stay safe and healthy from coronavirus.
According to Reuters, a news agency,
“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,”
The company further concluded that it will provide an additional $1,000 to employees so they can fulfill their home office requirements effectively. Both, Google & Facebook, have several offices operating far and wide across different countries, and with the pandemic on the rise, both the companies have realized how the new COVID 19 poses a significant threat to the lives of its individuals. Therefore, the companies have decided to facilitate their employees operating in different parts of the world with the liberty to work from the comforts of their home. At the same time, it has also decided to give them an extra budget to create just the office environment which they had in their offices at their home.
On the other hand, Apple has also revealed earlier in July that they don’t have any plans of opening their companies anytime soon. They are expected to reopen their organizations as long as early 2021. For now, the Cupertino giant awaits the world to release a vaccine or some therapeutic way to combat the immense growth of this dangerous virus.
As companies do realize the fact that human contact is the way through which this virus spreads expansively, there are several modern technologies which allow offices to get work done remotely, However, amid the chaos, Twitter stands as an exception which tells its employees to work from home forever if they desire. They revealed this news to their employee circle as early as during the start of May.
However, there are security concerns where they expect that vulnerabilities and open-ended firewalls can pose a threat to the system information. Yet, Facebook has taken this step for the greater good.
The CEO at Facebook confirms that by the next decade, the company expects that half of its individuals will be working fully remotely. There are certain roles such as people working in data centers, hardware development, recruiting and human resources, etc. who will be required to attend the office and may not be working completely remote.
For now, the company is focusing on hiring new people for existing offices in cities such as Portland, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Pittsburgh. It is setting up new company hubs in places such as Denver, Dallas, and Atlanta.