Meta, a company called Facebook at the start of the pandemic, has updated its guidelines for returning to the office, moving the target date from the end of this month to March 28, CNBC reports. With changing reopening schedules and inconsistent guidelines, one can only imagine how company employees must feel flogged.
Namely: back in December 2020, the first CEO Mark Zuckerberg said employees would not be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to return to work. At the time, the company predicted that remote work could continue until at least July 2021, although this later prompted the opening of the office in May. By June, Zuckerberg had passed new edict: either you ask permission from the manager to work from home or you are expected to come to the office for at least half a week.
A month later a Delta variant appeared, Zuckerberg changed his mind vaccine requirements for employees, and the company set up a new one goal October for a complete reopening. Until August last year it was pushed return to office in January 2022. As Omicron expanded rapidly this winter, Meta has firmly adhered to its goal of January 31, but has given some employees the opportunity to postpone personal work for three to five months through an “office deferral program”. By the way, this new date of March 28 includes a new requirement that employees also receive a supplementary vaccine.
Faced with so much uncertainty, several of Meta’s technical colleagues, like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Uber and Docusign, decided to postpone the reopening indefinitely. Facebook moderators based at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View were supposed to report for office work on January 24 – a week ahead of full-time employees and without the possibility of otherwise. Their artist, Accenture, vice versa that decision after widespread internal protests by workers.
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