What’s going on:
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Meta has revealed that through an internal data analysis, that engineers who initially had the chance to join the company in person performed better than those who had only worked remotely from the beginning.
He pointed out that the more junior the engineer, the better results they would achieve if they had the chance to work alongside their colleagues in the office for a minimum of three days each week.
Why it matters:
Zuckerberg highlighted the initial analysis of internal performance data, revealing that engineers who began at Meta with an onsite presence and transitioned to remote work, as well as those who continued in an onsite role, displayed an above average performance than those who were remote hires.
According to Tech Crunch, Zuckerberg said, “as part of our ‘year of efficiency,’ we’re focusing on understanding this further and finding ways to make sure people build the necessary connections to work effectively. In the meantime, I encourage all of you to find more opportunities to work with your colleagues in person.”
How it’ll impact the future:
Meta isn’t ready to enforce any strict requirements yet, but that could shift if other tech businesses rethink their take on the remote-work question.
At the moment, Zuckerberg is subtly encouraging people to collaborate in-person as much as possible.