“Platforms and devices like Workplace, Portal and Oculus were built for a time when economic opportunity might no longer depend on geography, a time when what you do could matter more than where you are. That time starts now,” reports Facebook.

“At Facebook we’re shifting to remote work ourselves – many people can now choose where they do their best work – while we continue to lay the technical foundation for a more flexible, and fair, future of work for all. Workplace, which enables flexible work while connecting everyone at an organization, already has 5 million paid users – up 2 million since October. And Work Groups, a type of Facebook Group that helps people connect with their coworkers, has over 20 million monthly active users after just six months”

 

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg also announced to the Facebook staff of 45,000 and to the public of plans to move nearly 50% of the staff to a remote working environment over the next 5 to 10 years.

Access to new pools of talent and retaining talent that prefer to live outside major metropolitan areas were just some of the reasons mentioned for this new company direction. Also noted was the opportunity to create more broad-based economic opportunity in other regions and the positive environmental impact of reduced commuting.

Facebook plans to start aggressively seeking talent in the US and Canada outside of major metropolitan areas. “Certainly being able to recruit more broadly, especially across the U.S. and Canada to start, is going to open up a lot of new talent that previously wouldn’t have considered moving to a big city,” Zuckerberg said. Facebook plans to make salary adjustments depending upon the cost of living in the area where the employees live.

“That means if you live in a location where the cost of living is dramatically lower, or the cost of labor is lower, then salaries do tend to be somewhat lower in those places,” Zuckerberg said.

You can find out more about the Facebook changes here.

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