What’s going on:
Starting on September 5, Meta will require many of its employees to work at the office three days a week, according to the New York Post.
The return to office (RTO) decision applies to office-assigned staff. However, the employees who are exclusively remote can remain working remote, according to engadget.
The decision comes shortly after Meta’s three rounds of recent layoffs, where it eliminated thousands of roles as part of the company’s “year of efficiency.” Meta’s RTO policy aims to strike a balance between remote work and in-person collaboration. Company representatives have stated that in-person interactions are essential for innovation, productivity, and employee development.
Why it matters:
Meta’s decision to bring employees back to the office demonstrates the company’s belief that in-person collaboration plays a crucial role in maintaining a strong corporate culture and driving innovation. The tech company joins the list of other major U.S. businesses like Amazon, Disney, Google, and Citigroup which have all been requiring major portions of their workforce to return to the office, according to Business Insider.
How it’ll impact the future:
With the growing number of RTO decisions being made by large U.S. companies, it’s possible that more in the workforce could eventually end up with more days spent in the office. However, employees are not that easily giving up remote work. When Amazon announced its own RTO policy, an estimated over 1,000 employees participated in a walkout to protest.
Meta has a major influence on companies not only in the tech sector but other business sectors. Smaller businesses may see Meta’s decision and be influenced to follow suit, opting for a hybrid work model that requires employees to be physically present for a certain number of days in the office.