Meta employees return to the office three days a week as part of the new mandate

Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives in federal court in San Jose, California on December 20, 2022.

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Meta A back-to-office mandate went into effect Tuesday, requiring employees to work from a company's physical location at least three days a week.

The company began notifying employees in June of the upcoming change, which will not affect Meta's current roster of remote workers. However, any employee assigned to the office will have to follow the rules starting this week.

“We believe that distributed work will be important in the future, especially as our technology improves,” a Meta spokesperson told CNBC in a statement on Tuesday. “In the near term, our in-person focus is designed to support a strong, valuable experience for our people who choose to work from the office, and we are thoughtful and intentional about where we invest in remote work.”

Facebook parent Meta first rolled out its telecommuting policy to all full-time employees in June 2021. During the first year of the Covid pandemic, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company learned that “good work can be done anywhere, and I'm even more optimistic that remote work at scale is possible, especially as remote video presence and Virtual reality continues to improve.”

But since then many tech giants like Amazon and parent of Google alphabet, reversed course on previous telecommuting policies, urging employees to return to physical offices at least three days a week or face potential consequences. At Amazon, some employees are being told to move to different states to keep their roles, and some have quit their jobs rather than comply with these demands.

As part of Meta's “Year of Efficiency,” Zuckerberg hinted in a March blog post that he planned to update Meta's policy after 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 switched to remote, or stayed in-person, performed better on average than people who joined remotely,” Zuckerberg wrote at the time. “This analysis also shows that early-career engineers perform better on average when they work with teammates at least three days a week.”

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