Reports suggested that Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms Inc, laid off more than 11,000 employees which constituted approx. 13% of its workforce in its first round of layoffs last year.
After braving that firing wave, Meta employees might end up in another soup as the founder and CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, has hinted that work-from-home employees perform worse than their counterparts who work from the office, reported Firstpost.
In a memo, the 38-year-old CEO said that their early analysis of performance data suggested that engineers who either 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. This requires further study, but our hypothesis is that it is still easier to build trust in person and that those relationships help us work more effectively,” the memo reportedly read.
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Hence, in order to increase efficiency, Zuckerberg suggested employees work from the office. He said:
“As part of our Year of Efficiency, we’re focusing on understanding this further and finding ways to make sure people build the necessary connections to work effectively. In the meantime, I encourage all of you to find more opportunities to work with your colleagues in person. In-person time helps build relationships and get more done.”
In the memo, Meta also hinted at a second round of layoffs in 2023 that could lead to the company cutting around 10,000 jobs.
Is he hinting at firing work-from-home employees in this second round of layoffs? What do you think?