Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that 2023 is Meta’s ‘year of efficiency’. It includes refining the company’s distributed work model.
Zuckerberg said that an internal analysis of data on employee performance suggests that engineers who work in the personal presence of each other get more done. He stated that Meta remains committed to distributed work model, and also encouraged employees to seek more opportunities to work in association with one another in a personal presence.
Zuckerberg said, “Our early analysis of performance data suggests that engineers who joined Meta in-person and then transferred to remote or remained in-person performed better on average than people who joined remotely. This analysis also shows that engineers earlier in their career perform better on average when they work in-person with teammates at least three days a week.”
Meta is one of the first tech firms to allow its employees to start working from home during the early phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. The firm continued its flexible-work policies into 2021 when it declared that workers at all levels of the firm could ask to work remotely full-time.
Meta is still encouraging remote work in 2023, and many employees also have the choice to work in person as well.
Meta might have started reconsidering its stance as major tech firms like Amazon also suddenly announced plans to work in the office for at least three days a week at the start of 2023.
Zuckerberg said, “This requires further study, but our hypothesis is that it is still easier to build trust in the person and that those relationships help us work more effectively.”