With scores of employees getting used to WFH routine, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently hinted that working remotely is the way forward -- at least as far Facebook’s workforce is concerned.

“We are going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale, with a thoughtful and responsible plan for how to do this,” said Zuckerberg in an interview Thursday, May 21. “We're going to do it in a measured way over time,” Zuckerberg added.

Zuckerberg appeared seemingly optimistic about the gradual shift and ascertained that a sizeable 50% of the employees at Facebook would be working remotely in the next 5-10 years. Shopify, an e-commerce player announced similar plans on Thursday. The announcement comes a little after Twitter and Square decided to allow its employees to milk on the privilege for a little longer. 

While the pandemic has forced people to stay indoors and work from home, for the most part, Zuckerberg maintained that Facebook is willing to extend the option to employees going ahead, provided they are equipped to work remotely. Facebook has reportedly put the word out -- a vast majority of employees can work from home through the end of this year if consistency in the performance is maintained. He also maintained that the management expects only a fraction of the workforce -- a total of 25% to get back to the office by the end of the year.

Unsurprisingly, the radical shift will bring forth changes in the salary structure of the employees. Employees choosing to WFH on a long-term basis would be obligated to inform the organization about where they plan on living for seamless tax and accounting purposes.

As per the data accumulated by recent research from the University of Chicago; an impressive 37 percent of the jobs in the United States didn’t necessarily require people to turn up to offices. The percent varies significantly in areas like Silicon Valley (51%) and San Francisco (45%). However, the current scene (as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics) sees only a meager two percent working remotely.

Aside from working remotely, Facebook has its sights set on myriad avenues -- augmented and virtual reality that would bolster the WFH concept.

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