Facebook’s parent company Meta says it will fully reopen its offices from January


Facebook finally ends WFH! Tech giant’s parent company Meta says it will fully reopen its offices from January for vaccinated staff – but workers won’t have to return until June

  • Meta – the company that owns the social media behemoth – said that some workers will be allowed to delay their scheduled return until as late as June 
  • The adjustment is part of a program meant to give employees the ability to determine their work space 
  • Other companies, including Ford and Google, have chosen to announce further delays to return-to-work policies recently given the recent uptick in Covid 
  • Meta’s US offices, including the headquarters in California, have gone back to work in limited numbers in the past few months 










Facebook’s parent company is still planning to reopen their US offices in January despite the emergence of the omicron variant of Covid-19. 

Meta – the company that owns the social media behemoth – said that some workers will be allowed to delay their scheduled return until as late as June as part of what they’re calling an ‘office deferral program.’

The program is meant to give employees the ability to determine their work space. Prior to this, most employees had been given the option to work from home full time.  

Other companies, including Ford and Google, have chosen to announce further delays to return-to-work policies recently given the recent uptick in Covid cases and insecurity regarding the omicron variant.  

Rideshare giants Lyft announced Tuesday that they’re postponing staff’s return-to-office from the original February plan. Workers can choose to return to the office as they please but can also continue working remotely through 2022.

Facebook - who's CEO and founder is Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) - will ask workers to return to offices in January but may allow some to stay home until June

Facebook – who’s CEO and founder is Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) – will ask workers to return to offices in January but may allow some to stay home until June

An aerial view shows a newly unveiled logo for "Meta", the new name for Facebook's parent company, in front of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California

An aerial view shows a newly unveiled logo for “Meta”, the new name for Facebook’s parent company, in front of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California

Facebook rebranded their billboard sign featuring a new logo and name 'Meta' back in October of 2021

Facebook rebranded their billboard sign featuring a new logo and name ‘Meta’ back in October of 2021

Hartford Financial Services Group had planned for senior employees to return to offices in Connecticut on Monday, but dealyed it for now due to omicron. 

A spokesman for Hartford said the company is still moving forward with plans to bring all employees back to work on January 18.  

Dell Technologies is also delaying their plans to reopen remaining offices after Januar 4.   

‘Those whose work allows it—and who choose to do so—may continue to work virtually,’ Jenn Saavedra, Dell’s chief of human resources, said in a memo to employees. ‘And as we move forward, we know one approach won’t work for all.’    

Meta’s US offices, including the headquarters in California, have gone back to work in limited numbers in the past few months. 

Over 68,100 employees work at Facebook, over half at Bay Area offices like the one in Menlo Park

Over 68,100 employees work at Facebook, over half at Bay Area offices like the one in Menlo Park

The United States is closing in on a total of 50 million positive coronavirus cases and 800,000 deaths

The United States is closing in on a total of 50 million positive coronavirus cases and 800,000 deaths

Cases have ticked up in recent weeks with the announcement of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19

Cases have ticked up in recent weeks with the announcement of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19

The company’s office deferral program allows staffers to put off their return-to-work by between three and five months but not interested in permanent remote work. 

Meta is one of many companies requiring American workers who return to the office to have the Covid-19 vaccine. 

As of September 30, the company reported over 68,100 employees, with over half working in California’s Bay Area.    

‘For those wishing to return in January we look forward to providing a vibrant office experience that continues to prioritize health and safety. We also recognize that some aren’t quite ready to come back,’ Meta VP of Human Resources Janelle Gale said. 

The United States is closing in on a total of 50 million positive coronavirus cases and 800,000 deaths. Cases have ticked up in recent weeks with the announcement of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19. 

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

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