Coronavirus: Flexible working will be a new normal after virus

22 May 2020 03:00 PM
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  • Coronavirus: Flexible working will be a new normal after virus

Facebook and New Zealand's Prime Minister are the latest supporters of flexible working as companies mull back-to-office strategies.
On Thursday, Facebook said it plans to shift towards a more remote workforce as a long-term trend.
New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern this week suggested a four-day working week, partly to boost tourism in the country.
As offices gradually re-open after coronavirus lockdown, more employers are looking at new ways of working.
Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told staff it was "aggressively opening up remote hiring" in July. He expects half of its workforce to do their jobs outside Facebook's offices over the next five to 10 years.
It follows moves by other tech firms in Silicon Valley, including Twitter, which said employees can work from home "forever" if they wish.
Flexible working policies suit staff who are anxious about returning to offices while giving breathing space to companies as they introduce new social distancing measures.


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