Facebook employees to work from home until July 2021 & get US$1,000 for home office supplies

Other tech giants have also taken similar steps for remote working arrangements.

Tanya Ong | August 07, 2020, 04:17 PM

Facebook employees will work from home until July next year, the company announced on Thursday (Aug. 6).

In addition, employees will also receive an additional US$1,000 for home office needs.

"No end in sight"

In a statement reported by The Verge, Facebook shared that this decision was made based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as internal discussions.

The company had previously announced that they would have their employees work remotely until the end of 2020.

On July 30, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's was reported saying that "there’s currently no end in sight" for when their teams in the U.S. will be able to return to their offices.

According to CNBC, the company said they will continue to reopen offices in restricted capacities in certain regions where there have been virus mitigation for around two months.

However, many Facebook offices are unlikely to reopen in 2020 though, the Facebook statement clarified.

Tech giants' response to Covid-19

In March, Facebook reportedly said they would permanently shift thousands of jobs to fully remote positions. They also announced that they would be giving their full-time employees US$1,000 bonuses in the same month.

Facebook has over 48,000 employees working in 70 offices worldwide.

Apart from Facebook, other tech giants have also taken similar steps regarding working arrangements for their employees.

CNBC reported that Google had announced in July that it would let its employees work from home through the end of June 2021.

In May, Twitter also told their employees that they may work from home "forever".

Top photo via Mark Zuckerberg/FB