Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that Facebook will allow permanent remote working for many of its employees, adding to the growing list of companies (notably Twitter and Square) that are adopting telework policies in the wake of the pandemic. from Covid-19. The company will also “aggressively open up” distance recruitment.
“I think we will be the most forward-looking company in remote work, on our scale, for sure,” said the CEO. “But we will do it in a measured and responsible way, and this gradually. ”
He predicts that around 50% of Facebook employees will work remotely in the next five to ten years. “This is not an objective, but by combining the growing demand for distance work and the growing distance recruitment, I think it is entirely possible that we are there.”
Recruit from a distance and open up to new talents
Facebook had already allowed all its employees to work from home until the end of the year, or even longer if the coronavirus pandemic reappears in the fall.
In the short term, the company will open remote recruitment in the United States and Canada. A measure which, according to its CEO, will significantly expand Facebook’s recruiting capacity and its access to talent. “It doesn’t seem that good to limit hiring to the people who live around our offices,” says Mark Zuckerberg. “For the moment, we recruit in restricted circles, but the fact of being able to recruit on a larger scale will open us to many talents who might not have considered moving to a big city. It will also help us retain some great talents. “
Facebook will focus on creating remote work centers in Atlanta, Dallas and Denver. It will also seek to hire people who live a certain distance – say between one and four hours away – from the cities where it has offices, such as Portland, San Diego, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The company will also work to determine which roles are best suited for long-term distance work, and list them in the weeks and months to come.