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He noted that when Facebook staffers quit the company, it's sometimes because they are moving to an area where the company doesn't have an office location.

Facebook, like other Silicon Valley companies, was among the first USA employers to close offices in the early days of the pandemic.

The company, one of Silicon Valley's biggest employers, is giving United States staffers who are approved to work remotely until Jan 1, 2021 to tell the company where they plan to base themselves, at which point their salaries will be adjusted to reflect the local cost of living. In a livestreamed employee townhall Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company plans to "aggressively" ramp up hiring for remote workers and begin taking applications for permanent remote work among its existing 48,000 employees.

Zuckerberg also elaborated on what kinds of roles would and would not be eligible for all-remote work, noting that positions in divisions like hardware development, data centers, recruiting, policy and partnerships would not be able to shift away from a physical office due to their need for proximity.

For companies that have built their empires by allowing people to communicate with remote friends and colleagues, moving toward remote work is not a hard sale.

The point of the new approach is for employees to be able to do their work better - not simply "because this is a thing employees have asked for", Zuckerberg said.

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Andrew Bosworth, head of Facebook's AR and VR division, has tweeted a short video of the company's experiment with mixed reality for "supercharging remote work and productivity".

According to Zuckerberg, more than half of Facebook's employees are as productive as they used to be before the coronavirus pandemic happened. Facebook will have 25% of its employees working while the pandemic-related restrictions are still in place. Collaboration, spontaneity, face-to-face interactions that aren't on a scheduled call - all look different when people are working alone from their homes. Employees who opt to work remotely must notify Facebook by January 1, 2021, of their WFH locations.

Newer employees, especially recent college graduates or those with little experience and poor performance, could also fall into this group, Zuckerberg said. Twitter Inc. and Square Inc., both run by CEO Jack Dorsey, have announced that their employees can work from home permanently if they'd like.

Meanwhile, audio streaming giant Spotify announced that its workforce will be allowed to work from home at least until the end of the year, while the company builds out a plan for a phased approach to reopening.

The company's chief technology officer, Kevin Scott, had already been working hard from home, in part because he is based in Silicon Valley and most of the rest of the leadership team is in Redmond, Washington.

"We are all on this accelerated timeline figuring out how to work from home". "We're going to do it in a measured way over time". "It's learning the culture and the rhythms of interacting with your colleagues by video conference and doing your work remotely", he said, speaking not just of Microsoft but workplaces in general.

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