San Francisco: Facebook said on Friday that after a year-long pandemic shutdown, its Silicon Valley office will begin to open to workers in May, but it will not bring additional benefits such as free food and commuter shuttles.
The social media giant said that the Menlo Park headquarters and other locations in the area will start with 10% of “maximum seating capacity.”
In the early days of the pandemic, Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies turned to remote work, relying on the Internet tools they created to complete their work.
The introduction of the vaccine and the improvement of health conditions are considered to be the reason why it is preparing to gradually welcome employees back to the abandoned campus.
“The health and safety of our employees and neighbors in the community is our top priority and we’re taking a measured approach to reopening offices,” Facebook spokesperson Chloe Meyere said in response to an AFP inquiry.
“We have a number of safety protocols in place including physical distancing and masks required at all times when in an office, and where possible, weekly testing requirements for anyone working on site.”
Facebook’s plan is to open select offices in the Silicon Valley area on a rolling basis, limiting seating capacity to no more than 10 percent as a start.
Free food, workout centers, shuttle buses with Wi-Fi and other amenities that were long a part of life at Facebook campuses will not be provided until it is deemed safe for normal operations, according to the company.
Employees can choose to work from home until early July, and those who are not designated as full-time remote workers are expected to return to the office later.
It wasn’t until the first week of September that Facebook expected the largest website capacity to reach 50%.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg) has said that he hopes to achieve the transition to remote work on the leading social network is long-lasting, the social network plans to find employees who can work in any place of residence.
Google’s parent company Alphabet postponed the repatriation of workers until at least September 2021 at the end of last year, and said it would conduct a long-term test of “flexible work week”.
Microsoft also recently announced plans to reopen its headquarters and implement plans for “hybrid” workplaces with flexible options.