A Meta plan to get staff back into the office has been deemed “chaotic” as it was revealed staff are having trouble finding a desk for the day.
The company, which owns Facebook and WhatsApp, recently told staff it wanted them back in the office for three days a week, with their jobs under threat if they refused.
As they return to the office, staff have raised concerns about how the plan is being implemented.
One employee told Fortune the transition was chaotic.
It was reported there is a general lack of space at some offices, with staff having difficulty getting conference rooms.
Another problem staff, known as “Metamates”, have also had difficulty getting a desk for the day, which has disrupted their workflow.
Desks can now be booked for three-day periods in advance.
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Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, acknowledged the challenges on Threads, stating, “We have not yet figured out hybrid work… We have a lot to figure out.”
CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised remote work
In 2020, Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg praised the shift to remote work, predicting that about half of the company’s workforce would be working remotely in the next five to ten years.
However, the recent policy mandates employees to be in the office three days a week, with attendance monitored through card keys and other tools.
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Non-compliance could result in termination or negative performance reviews.
While Zuckerberg remains optimistic about the potential of remote work through advanced metaverse headsets and realistic avatars, he expressed skepticism about the current tools’ capability to replicate in-person interactions. In a recent memo, he urged employees to seek more in-person collaborations.
The challenge now is to streamline real-world interactions for employees.