Mark Zuckerberg charges against teleworking: “Engineers perform more in the office than at home”

Amid the announcement of up to 10,000 new layoffs in Meta , Mark Zuckerberg assures that the company’s engineers “perform better” in the offices than remotely.


Mark Zuckerberg has announced some internal analysis of Meta , the 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 from the first moment”.

This message came in a memo sent to the workers in which the dismissal of 10,000 new people was announced , thus reaching 21,000 employees dismissed in a matter of months.

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Remote work is one of the legacies of the global pandemic and Meta , like most other companies, was forced to embrace it faster than it otherwise would have.

Speaking in May 2020, Zuckerberg said that Meta (then called Facebook) was going to be the “most advanced company in remote work at our scale,” and to this day his careers page highlights his mission to build a “future first.” distributed”.

Pointing to the “early analysis” of internal performance data, Zuckerberg said 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 further study, but our hypothesis is that it’s still easier to build trust in person and that those relationships help us work more effectively.”

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For now, Zuckerberg is gently pushing people to work with colleagues in person more often if they can.

“We are committed to distributed work,” Zuckerberg said. “That means we are also committed to continually refining our model so that it works as effectively 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 all of you to find more opportunities to work with your colleagues in person.”