published : 2023-09-07

Meta's Return-to-Office Policy Requires Three In-Person Days for Some Workers

Employees who aren't fully remote now have to report to the office three times per week

Photo of the Meta headquarters in Menlo Park, California taken with a Nikon D850

In a bold move, Meta Platforms, the corporate parent of Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Threads, has implemented a new return-to-office policy. Effective after Labor Day, some workers are now required to report to the office three times per week.

The rule, which took effect on Tuesday, applies to employees who are not fully remote. For those who don't have an office assignment, they can continue working from home.

A Meta spokesperson emphasized the company's belief in distributed work for the future, particularly as their technology improves. However, the focus on in-person work for now is aimed at providing a strong and valuable experience for those who choose to work from the office. Meta is carefully considering where to invest in remote work.

The announcement of this new policy comes about three months after the company first informed employees of its expectations for in-office work starting in early September.

Photo illustration of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus VR app icons on a smartphone screen with a Meta logo in the background in Turkey taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Meta maintains various offices across the world, with locations in New York City, the District of Columbia, the Bay Area, and more.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been vocal about Meta's commitment to both distributed work and in-person collaboration. In March, he encouraged employees to seek opportunities to work with their colleagues face-to-face, stating that building trust in person and fostering relationships can lead to more effective collaboration.

Zuckerberg's 'Year of Efficiency' strategy, announced earlier this year, aims to make Meta a stronger and faster technology company. The company is focused on building better products and improving financial performance while executing its ambitious long-term vision.

As a result of Meta's success, the value of its stock has risen over 140% since the beginning of the year, reaching $300.15 on Tuesday.

Aerial view of people gathering in front of Meta headquarters in Menlo Park, California taken with a Sony Alpha a7R III

With a workforce of nearly 71,500 at the end of June, Meta continues to grow steadily and adapt to the changing landscape of work.

Meta's return-to-office policy serves as a notable development in the ongoing debate about remote work and in-person collaboration. By requiring some employees to be present in the office three days a week, Meta aims to strike a balance between the benefits of distributed work and the value of in-person interactions. The company's commitment to refining its approach based on productivity and trust highlights the evolving nature of work in the digital age.