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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to work externally for at least half of next year

Facebook CEO told employees in a note Wednesday that he plans to work remotely for at least half of next year, a spokesman for the company confirmed to CNN Business. The memo was previously reported by the Wall Street Journal.

“I have found that working externally has given me more space for long-term thinking and helped me spend more time with my family, which has made me happier and more productive in the workplace,” Zuckerberg wrote according to the Journal.

On Wednesday, Facebook (FB) said it would allow employees at all levels of the company to apply for teleworking if their role allows them to do so. Employees who want to return to the office can do so on a flexible basis, but will be encouraged to spend at least half of their time in the office, and employees can spend up to 20 working days a year in a remote location.

Facebook will also gradually expand the ability to work remotely across borders, starting next week with employees looking to relocate from the US to Canada and anywhere in Europe or the Middle East to the UK.

Silicon Valley can look very different after the pandemic
Zuckerberg has previously said he expects at least half of Facebook’s workforce to be completely remote within the next 10 years.
With more than half of American adults fully vaccinated and a broader reopening of the economy on the horizon, many Silicon Valley companies that were among the first to switch to teleworking are now finding out how – and how much – to reopen their offices.
Twitter (TWTR) has allowed its employees to remain remote forever if their role allows, while Google asks employees to choose between becoming permanently remote, returning to the office, or changing offices from September this year.
Apple (AAPL) and Uber (UBER) has adopted more rigid policies requiring employees to remain in their pre-pandemic office for at least three days a week, also starting in September.

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