Working From Home isn’t Working

Working from home and productivity. “In-person time helps build relationships and get more done.” Mark Zuckerberg

In the last six months Meta has effectively cut about 30% of its workforce.

In November 2022, Meta laid off 11,000 employees. On 3/14/2023, Zuckerberg announced another 10,000 layoffs. Together that represents cutting 26% of Meta’s workforce. Additionally, they aren’t filling 5,000 open positions. (

Working from home is worse than bringing work home from the office, if you can't set boundaries. Image of a person working on their bed.

Working From Home isn’t Working:

Meta is encouraging people to move back into the office. Zuckerberg posted a company update that included the following sentence,

“I encourage all of you to find more opportunities to work with your colleagues in person.”

Meta’s early findings on working from home:

  1. Hire in-person. “Meta in-person and then transferred to remote or remained in-person performed better on average than people who joined remotely.”
  2. Work in-person. “… engineers earlier in their career perform better on average when they work in-person with teammates at least three days a week.”
  3. Build trust in-person. “… our hypothesis is that it is still easier to build trust in person and that those relationships help us work more effectively.”

4 problems with working from home:

  1. Mistakes. Working from home increases your risk of making mistakes. Daily Mail
  2. Creativity. The best way to generate great ideas is solitude AFTER you’ve generated ideas WITH others. Fast Company
  3. Accountability. It’s easier to do the right thing when someone is watching. BBC
  4. Promotions. People will forget you if they don’t see you. Recency Effect
Relationships are the foundation of everything. Image of joined hands.

The flourishing factor:

The #1 factor in the good life isn’t genes, exercise, career achievement, money, or a healthy diet. CNBC

“Positive relationships keep us happier, healthier, and help us live longer. Harvard Gazette

We need people in our lives. Virtual relationships are wonderful. Face-to-face is better.

Read: 7 Reasons Returning to the Office is a Good Idea

When does working from home, work? Not work?