Meta warns that employees could be fired if they break the three-day-week office rule

Meta by Mark Zuckerberg again warned employees against office attendance on Thursday, warning that workers who fail to meet the looming three-day-week requirement could lose their jobs.

The email from Lori Goler, Meta’s so-called “people manager,” reminded workers that “beginning September 5, employees assigned to an office must be in person at least three days per week to maintain healthy relationships and a strong.” to encourage collaboration.”

“Supervisors will review ID card and status tool information on a monthly basis and will contact those who have not met the requirements, subject to local laws and works council requirements,” Goler said the memo received from Insider.

“As with other company policies, repeated violations may result in disciplinary action, up to and including a downgrade in Performance@ rating and eventual termination if left unaddressed,” the memo continues.

Meta is in the midst of a “year of efficiency” ordered by Zuckerberg, who has expressed a desire to cut costs and streamline the company’s operations. The austerity measures totaled about 21,000 layoffs, about a quarter of the Facebook and Instagram mother’s total hours worked.

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Mark Zuckerberg cites a “Year of Efficiency” at Meta.
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The ROW only applies to meta-staff assigned to a specific office. Conversely, Meta “directed remote workers not to visit the office more than four days every two months” without a “clear business reason.”

“We believe distributed working will continue to be important going forward, especially as our technology improves,” a Meta spokesman said in a statement.

“In the near term, our personal focus is to provide a strong, valuable experience for our employees who choose to work remotely, and we are being careful and intentional about where we invest in remote work.” he added.

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Meta shares are up more than 120% year-to-date.
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After a dismal 2022, Meta shares are up more than 120% since January — helped by improved financial results and investor excitement about the savings plan.

In June, Meta instructed most employees that they were expected to work in the office at least three days a week. At the time, the company confirmed that remote workers were not affected.

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Meta’s office order applies to most employees.

Back in March, Zuckerberg asked his employees to spend more time sitting down.

“Our early analysis of performance data suggests that engineers who either joined Meta in person and then moved to remote or stayed on-site performed better, on average, than people who joined remotely.” Zuckerberg said in the post.

The Instagram owner isn’t the only big tech pushing through a return-to-office plan.

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Meta employees return to the office three days a week.
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Last week, Amazon sparked outrage among workers after top executives sent an email warning that some workers “are not currently meeting” the “expectation to work at least three days a week in an assigned office.”

“Is this supposed to scare people?” wrote an Amazon employee, according to a screenshot in an internal Slack channel seen by Insider.

Amazon previously faced a mass walkout by disgruntled company employees over office attendance and climate policies.


DUSTIN JONES is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DUSTIN JONES joined USTimeToday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with DUSTIN JONES by emailing

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