February 23, 2024

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Meta Platforms Inc., left, arrives at federal court in San Jose, California, US, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. 

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Meta employees will need to work from the company’s offices three days a week beginning in September.

The social networking giant began notifying employees on Thursday of its new remote-work policy, which will not impact 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.”

Tech news publication The Information first reported about Meta’s updated work-from-home policy.

Facebook parent Meta first extended its remote-work policy to all full-time employees in June 2021. At the time, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company learned over the course of the year during the height of the Covid pandemic that “good work can get done anywhere, and I’m even more optimistic that remote work at scale is possible, particularly as remote video presence and virtual reality continue to improve,” Zuckerberg said at the time.

Since then, however, many companies like Amazon and Google parent Alphabet have been reversing course on previous remote-work plans and have called on their workers to return to physical offices at least three days a week.

In March, Zuckerberg hinted that he was going to update Meta’s policy when he said that the company conducted an internal analysis that showed engineers who work in person “get more done.”

“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 at the time. “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.”

In May, Meta conducted its last round of major layoffs, part of the company’s “year of efficiency,” which will result in roughly 21,000 employees losing their jobs.

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