Meta, formerly Facebook, announced that it will reopen its offices in the US on January 31. At the same time, it gives employees the option to delay their return to the office by three to five months.
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The social media giant said on Tuesday that the "return to office schedule" was designed to give its employees flexibility when returning to the office.
In August, Meta said it intended to delay its plan to return U.S. officials to its office until January 2022 due to ongoing concerns about Covid-19.
Janelle Gale, Meta's vice president of human resources, said in a statement that Meta acknowledged that some employees were not ready to return.
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"For those who wish to return in January, we look forward to offering an office experience that continues to prioritize health and safety," Gale said.
"We also recognize that some are not ready to return," he added. "We continue to offer a variety of options to choose the one that suits them best, so that our employees can decide where to work."
Meta said that certain staff will be able to apply for full-time distance work if it is possible for them to do their job away from the office.
Adaptation to new variants
Companies around the world are being forced to rethink their back-office strategies as the mutation Omicron Covid-19 continues to spread rapidly.
Google said last week that it would indefinitely delay the plan to return to offices - it intended the return to take place in January 2022.
The company's vice president of security, Chris Rackow, wrote in an email to full-time employees that he would wait until the new year to assess when U.S. offices can safely accept employees in a "stable, long-term work environment."
Meta's previous goal was to return its employees to its offices in October with strict vaccination and mask requirements, but those plans were canceled.
Source of information: cnbc.com