Social media giant, Meta Platforms, Inc. has announced that it will be reopening its offices in the U.S. from 31st January next year and will allow employees to delay their scheduled return by 3-5 months.
Meta, formerly Facebook, stated that its new deferral program for office works will make sure that employees will have flexibility in joining back in the offices. The company added that its earlier plans for employees who are working remotely to request full-time remote work will be valid as well.
Janelle Gale, VP, Human Resources at Meta, states that the company recognizes that some of its employees are not ready to come back to work yet, and hence are offering a variety of options to choose from that suits them, and make informed decisions about where they want to work.
Meta’s decision for reopening comes when most of the companies in the United States are pushing back the return date for its employees as the Omicron variant of coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the country.
For instance, Alphabet Inc.’s Google announced an infinite delay to its global return-to-office plan last week, which was supposed to happen in January, over growing concerns about the Omicron variant, as well as noting resistance in its employees for company-mandated vaccination.
It is reported that the Omicron variant has been detected in at least 21 states in the US, while Delta variant cases have been on the rise due to cold weather as well increased travel and gathering ahead of the holiday season.
Meta, however, has said in its statement that it is closely monitoring the situation around the new variant, and has made it mandatory for all its employees in the US to be vaccinated against the virus before coming to the office.