Mark Zuckerberg has announced some internal analysis of Metathe parent company of Facebook and Instagram, and has concluded that “engineers who initially joined the company in person performed better than those who joined remotely early on.”
This message came in a memo sent to workers announcing the layoff of 10,000 new people, bringing the total to 21,000 employees laid off in a matter of months.
Remote work is one of the legacies of the global pandemic and. Goallike most other companies, was forced to adopt it more quickly than it would otherwise have done.
Speaking in May 2020, Zuckerberg said. Target (then called Facebook) was to be the “most advanced company in remote work at our scale,” and to this day its career page highlights its mission to build a “distributed-first future.”
Pointing to “early analysis” of internal performance data, Zuckerberg said the engineers who started at Meta in a fully face-to-face capacity before moving to a remote role, as well as those who remained in a face-to-face role, “performed better on average than people who joined remotely.”
“This analysis also shows that early-career engineers perform better on average when working in person with teammates at least three days a week,” said Mark Zuckerberg. “This requires more study, but our hypothesis is that it’s still easier to build trust in person and that those relationships help us work more effectively.”
For now, Zuckerberg is gently pushing people to work with colleagues in person more often if they can.
“We’re committed to distributed work,” Zuckerberg said. “That means we’re also committed to continually refining our model to make it work as efficiently as possible. As part of our ‘year of efficiency,’ we’re focusing on understanding this further and finding ways to make sure people build the connections they need to work effectively. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to find more opportunities to work with colleagues in person.”
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