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Mark Zuckerberg to keep working from home for half of next year

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Mark Zuckerberg - Bloomberg
Mark Zuckerberg - Bloomberg

Mark Zuckerberg has told Facebook staff that he will work from home for as much as half of next year as the social network’s chief executive said all employees would be able to take days away from the office.

Facebook told its 60,000 employees that those who have not requested permission to work remotely full time will have to come into an office at least 50pc of the time, but can work from home on other days, when the company reopens its doors fully in October.

Mr Zuckerberg said that he personally expects to spend much of 2022 working remotely, saying the practice has allowed him to look at longer-term opportunities and spend more time with his family.

Facebook has embraced remote working as a permanent policy more than some other major technology companies.

Apple and Google have encouraged the majority of their workers to return to the office, although staff will be able to work from home on certain days.

All Facebook staff, by contrast, will be able to apply to work remotely. Mr Zuckerberg has said he expects up to half of Facebook’s employees will do so within a decade.

Few chief executives, however, have outlined how they personally plan to work in the long term. Staff choosing to work from home have raised concerns that their career prospects could suffer if senior managers return to the office full time.

“We’ve learned over the past year that good work can get done anywhere, and I’m even more optimistic that remote work at scale is possible,” Mr Zuckerberg wrote.

“I’ve found that working remotely has given me more space for long-term thinking and helped me spend more time with my family, which has made me happier and more productive at work.”

Facebook also said that staff based in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa can request permission to move anywhere in the UK. It is planning to expand the number of countries that staff can move to next year.

Some other technology companies, such as Twitter and Spotify, have said remote working will be the default for employees after the pandemic ends.