A new day is another new year’s plan for resuming work.
Facebook has joined a growing list of companies that have postponed the date when employees are expected to appear in the office again. The technology giant announced on Thursday, along with Amazon and Expedia Group, that January 2022 will become a new goal.
Facebook spokesperson Tracy Clayton said in an email statement: “Data, not date, is a way to push us back to the office.” “In light of recent health data showing continuous COVID cases based on the Delta variant Increasingly, our team in the United States will not be required to return to the office until January 2022.”
Clayton said that it is expected that some countries outside the United States will also adopt the new guidelines, and Facebook will continue to monitor the situation.
The company requires anyone working in any of its U.S. offices to be vaccinated, and has restored mask requirements in all U.S. offices, regardless of the employee’s vaccination status.
Facebook has more than 7,000 employees in its large offices in South Lake Union Community in the Seattle area and Bellevue across Lake Washington. The company signed another office space lease in July for a building in Bellevue Spring.
In June, the company expanded its remote work program to all levels of the company and stated that anyone who can complete a role remotely can request remote work.
Earlier this month, Microsoft postponed the return of the office to the first week of October, and stated that it now needs to provide a vaccination certificate to perform on-site work. Google also needs a COVID-19 vaccine.