Mark Zuckerberg and Meta’s Leadership Take Remote Work to the Extreme

Mark Zuckerberg and Meta’s Leadership Take Remote Work to the Extreme

As more businesses continue to return to the office, Meta Platforms Inc., the parent company of Facebook, is becoming more remote than it has ever been.

In an extreme test of the limitations of remote work, the company's senior team, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is dispersing to locales far from its Silicon Valley headquarters.

Executives Are Dispersing To Locales Far From Silicon Valley.

Naomi Gleit, Meta's head of product and one of its most senior workers, has moved to New York.

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According to a corporate representative, Chief Marketing Officer Alex Schultz plans to relocate to the United Kingdom. In contrast, Guy Rosen, the company's vice president of integrity, will emigrate to Israel soon.

Meanwhile, according to a spokesman, Meta's chief growth officer, Javier Olivan, has split his time between California and Europe but plans to spend more time abroad.

Meta announced last week that it would double its Madrid office in Mr. Olivan's native Spain, adding 2,000 new employees over the next five years. 

According to persons acquainted with the subject and the executive's social-media posts, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri has traveled and worked remotely from locales such as Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Cape Cod. According to the spokeswoman, Mr. Mosseri has no plans to migrate permanently.

According to sources relating to the situation, Mr. Zuckerberg has been spending more time away from the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. According to the people, Mr. Zuckerberg spends extended periods at his compound in Hawaii and other houses outside the Bay Area.

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"The last few years have offered new opportunities surrounding how we connect and operate," said Tracy Clayton, a Meta representative. "We feel that where people work is far less significant than how they work."

According to him, Mr. Zuckerberg intends to spend more than half of his time in California and remotely work the remainder of the year. 

Zuckerberg will also be without the advice of his longstanding No. 2, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who will be taking a sabbatical this spring as part of the company's commitment to offering 30 days of paid leave every five years, for the time being.

The company's support of remote labor comes after it changed its name from Facebook Inc. to Meta in October when it declared that it believes virtual first interactions are the future of the internet. 

The corporation says it has invested in various technologies to make remote work more productive. It includes videoconferencing and enterprise software solutions, for work reasons in particular. The management flight from Menlo Park comes as Meta faces serious business issues.

Some challenges for Meta caused the decline. It includes increased competition from Chinese rival TikTok, a declining user base, and the ongoing impact on its advertising business from privacy changes to Apple Inc.'s iOS, which Meta estimates will cost the company $10 billion this year.

According to Edward Jones analyst David Heger, the company's most recent quarterly results seemed to call for a more all-hands-on-deck situation. So many top executives dispersed across many time zones, cause for concern.

Even while it continues to acquire office space to suit its growing workforce, Meta announced in June that all full-time employees would be able to apply to work from home if their positions allowed it.

This policy does not apply to all employees. Those who work on hardware or the company's data-center infrastructure are still asked to come to work.

Aside from these individuals, Meta has adopted a hybrid strategy that permits most employees, including top executives, to work from wherever they feel most comfortable. 

With Meta pushing to build more products for its users that allow them to interact virtually online, having executives spread out geographically could be beneficial, according to Stephen Lee, founding principal at Logan Capital. This registered investment adviser has purchased Meta shares on behalf of clients.

According to Bill George, senior fellow and professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, having CEOs work together in person allows them to cooperate, strategize, and create trust.

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Being physically together can also serve to develop and maintain a company's culture, such as by mentoring junior employees.

Mr. George stated, "Your folks want to see you." "They'd like to know you're present. Yes, you can utilize Zoom or Microsoft Teams to stay in touch, but there's a lot to say about physical presence."

He added that many CEOs relocated to remote regions during the early phases of the Covid-19 outbreak. However, Mr. George believes that having senior executives close to their team members helps the organization better in most cases.

"I've been to Hawaii, and I can tell you that you don't get much work done there," Mr. George replied.

Mr. Zuckerberg has discovered methods to combine work and pleasure from Hawaii, posting on Instagram about his hydrofoil-surfing excursions and showcasing the potential for similar sports to be enjoyed in the metaverse. 

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