Facebook is now planning to reopen its offices for employees. The decision is being taken almost a year of work from home culture which started after the coronavirus outbreak. The company has announced that it would be opening offices in May. The company is planning to open its office in the Bay Area. But the company will be working with a limiting capacity of 10 per cent during the initial phase. Facebook said that it is not expecting more than 50 per cent of employees to reach office until September. The company has chalked out a plan to limit the number of people working in close proximity. Apart from this, it will make wearing masks and following other COVID0-19 protocols necessary. Most importantly, weekly COVID-19 tests will also be arranged.
Facebook spokesperson Chloe Meyere said that the safety and health of employees are the company’s top priority. “As we return to offices, we are taking a lot of measures to ensure health and safety of our employees. Not only employees but the health of neighbours too is our concern. This is why protocols like following social distancing norms and wearing masks along with other safety protocols will be strictly implemented. Masks will be mandatory at all the time when in an office. We will also arrange for a weekly COVID-19 testing facility wherever possible,” the company said.
Meanwhile, companies like Uber and Microsoft too have announced to open their offices soon. However, these are making sure that only employees in limited capacity will be present in the office. Some of these companies are also giving their employees an option of choosing between continue working from home, returning to the office full time or go for a hybrid model. But these companies have categorically stated that while inside the office, employees will have to strictly adhere to COVID-19 protocol. On the other hand, there are some other big companies that are taking the bold step of allowing their employees to work from home indefinitely.