Remote Work

Business • Economy
Facebook announces permanent remote work option for employees
Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote
Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote Credit: Anthony Quintano (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

During a live-streamed talk, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company will allow permanent remote work for many of its existing 45,000 employees and "aggressively open up" remote hiring..
Zuckerberg expects that about 50% of Facebook's workforce will work remotely within the next five to 10 years.

Business • Economy
Mastercard announces that employees can decide by themselves "when they feel comfortable" to return to offices

According to Mastercard about 90% of its employees are currently working remotely, despite most offices being open for work. The chief executive Ajay Banga said that "I'm not planning on getting back to a pre-Covid growth scenario for another year. I think that could be sometime next year when a vaccine is readily available and readily distributed." All employees can "make the decision on when they feel comfortable returning to an office. They know their personal circumstances and needs".

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter plans on changing work from home rules permanentely

In an email to the employees of Twitter the CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that he doesn't think the company will go back to the presence work culture it had before and move up the timeline to a fully "distributed" way of work. Only jobs that require physical presence will be exempt from this.

Google announces May 22 as a worldwide company holiday
Googleplex Campus
Googleplex Campus Credit: Google (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Google's Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai announced today the company has asked employees to take a day off on May 22. The announcement, via a memo sent to employees, stated: “I know many of us have been running hard non-stop for weeks now and may be experiencing some burnout,”.
The company said it would begin reopening more offices globally as early as June, but most employees would likely work from home until the end of 2020.

Technology • Games
PlayStation to provide full pay to employees, regardless of ability to perform remote work

Reporter Patrick Klepek announced on Twitter that he obtained a memo stating that all PlayStation employees are set to work from home until April 30. Employees will be paid "regardless of ability to perform remote work due to job function or responsibilities". Additionally, employees will receive a one-time payment of $1,000 to purchase any equipment needed to continue their work remotely.