Is remote office permanent?

Recently, Facebook announced that in the next 5 to 10 years, 50% of its employees will be able to work remotely. Due to the epidemic, most employees are currently working remotely, and the company welcomes them to persist until the end of the year. Is this technology company leading the trend or to save costs?

Facebook is dedicated to social networking in the virtual world. It requires employees to sit in shifts and is a bit self-contradictory, just like environmentalists fly all day. Facebook currently has 48,000 employees in more than 70 offices around the world. Facebook also said that if employees move to other locations because they can work remotely, their salary will be adjusted accordingly. If the cost of living and labor there is low, the salary will be lower. The company monitors the IP addresses that employees log on, because taxation and accounting need to know where they are.

For Facebook companies, the permanentization of remote office has many advantages: it can recruit talents outside the traditional technology centers of big cities, making the company more diversified; reducing costs is also good for the local environment; many people feel that working from home is more efficient ; It helps to improve some of the technologies the company is developing, including virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Of course, working from home also has negative effects. For example, there is no clear boundary between work and family life, which makes it difficult for employees to balance the relationship between the two. There are still many questions that have no answers, such as how to encourage innovation and maintain company culture while the number of meetings is reduced? How to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity for promotion and feels connected to work no matter how far away? “We have to proceed in a thorough and orderly manner. It only takes a few months to develop a product, but it takes many years to build a culture.”

Not long ago, British columnist Lucy Kellaway wrote in the Financial Times that if the office dies, we will miss it.

She has worked in the office for 36 years, and the office has brought law, frame, fun, meaning, friends and shelter to her life.

She said that the most important role of an office is to give meaning to work. “In fact, most of the work in the office is meaningless. The best way to make you feel meaningful is to do the same thing with other people. Even in interesting industries such as the news media, the meaning is mainly derived from working with colleagues. Close contact. Without an office, without a group of people working diligently in the same place and at the same time, it is difficult for a company to create a culture, a sense of belonging, let alone loyalty to the company.”

Second, the office helps people stay sane. “It imposes a regular life on us. A tight schedule will force the most unorganized people into habits. It will also establish the boundary between work and family life. People get rid of the chaos or chaos at home as soon as they arrive in the office. Monotonous, get rid of the usual self. The beauty of the office lies in its unnaturalness. It requires people to have different behaviors, different dresses, and even different language patterns. There are two different selves, two different dresses, two Different ways of being are better than just one. When you are tired of your work self, you can return to your home self.”

For those who want to get rid of work, what they ultimately want to get rid of is the work itself. Alan De Botton wrote in “Ode to Work” that many of the work of freight logistics and power transmission projects is carried out outdoors. Therefore, the meaning of work is not only measured and defined by the presence of an office.