Mark Zuckerberg's Meta has issued a stern warning that employees who disregard its three-day-per-week office work policy may face termination. This comes after the company recently introduced a three-day office work schedule.
The rule, set to be implemented on September 5, will be applicable to all Meta employees who have been designated an office. Employees who are unable to fulfil the three-day requirement due to reasons such as a medical condition or disability will be required to seek an exception from their manager.
Employees have the freedom to choose the work-from-home option for the remaining two days. However, they are strongly advised not to undermine the three-day office work rule, which is considered crucial for preserving direct face-to-face interactions and collaboration.
This equilibrium ensures the maintenance of productivity levels and the gradual revival of essential interpersonal connections that may have weakened during remote working.
In an email addressed to Meta employees, Lori Goler, the company's head of people, stated, "Beginning September 5, people assigned to an office will need to spend at least 3 days per week in person to foster healthy relationships and strong collaboration. Managers will review badge and Status Tool information on a monthly basis and follow up with those who didn’t meet the requirement, subject to local law and works council requirements."
“As with other company policies, repeated violations may result in disciplinary action, up to and including a Performance@ rating drop and, ultimately, termination if not addressed,” the memo added, according to the New York Post.
Meta is considering a "year of efficiency" that has been initiated by Zuckerberg. He is also aiming to reduce expenses and make the company's operations more streamlined.
Mark Zuckerberg has emphasised that the company's updated office policy is essential for cultivating positive relationships and effective teamwork. He added the company's dedication to ensuring an excellent working environment for its staff.
“We believe that distributed work will continue to be important in the future, particularly as our technology improves. In the near-term, our in-person focus is designed to support a strong, valuable experience for our people who have chosen to work from the office, and we’re being thoughtful and intentional about where we invest in remote work,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement, reported Business Today.
However, some employees has conveyed discontentment regarding the updated policy. They contend that compelling them to be present in the office for three days a week is unjust, particularly considering their proven ability to work efficiently from home throughout the pandemic.
Meta isn't the only tech company mandating employees' return to the office. Such decisions have been made by other firms, including Twitter and Google, outlining intentions to reintegrate employees into the office either on a full-time basis or through a hybrid approach.