Facebook employees will have the option to continue working from home through the end of 2020, CNBC reported, in the lengthiest remote work announcement to date from a major tech company.
- Facebook will officially open offices on July 6 for employees who need to be in the office, CNBC reported, but workers who can telework may continue to do so through the end of the year.
- Facebook is still determining which employees will need to come into the office.
- Amazon and Slack made similar announcements in recent weeks telling their employees to work from home through October and September respectively, a trend indicating that regular office work may not return to normal for many months.
- CNN and the New York Times have also indicated that the earliest employees could come back to the office is September.
- Facebook has previously canceled all large in-person events with more than 50 people, such as its annual F8 Developers Conference, through June 2021.
- Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes.
Large tech companies were among the first to mandate their employees work from home in the early days of the outbreak. Facebook asked its Seattle and San Francisco Bay Area employees to telework on March 5, weeks before local officials enacted stay-at-home orders later in the month.
Though these actions alone haven’t spared tech hubs Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area from a more serious outbreak, public health experts say it likely contributed to social distancing early on, standing in contrast to other areas of the country like New York.
Though many states are beginning to reopen retail businesses, large companies are continuing to tell their employees to work from home. When office workers do return to the workplace, the physical space may look different until a coronavirus vaccine is developed. Open floor plans may be a thing of the past and employees may have to undergo temperature checks before entering the building.
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Other large tech firms, such as Google and Microsoft, will likely follow with similar directives.