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Facebook to undergo long-term shift to permit more remote work

Original post made on May 22, 2020

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that half of the company's workforce could work remotely in the next five to 10 years. What does that mean for the future of Menlo Park?

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Posted by David Page
a resident of Midtown
on May 22, 2020 at 3:16 pm

Potentially 1,200 residents of Santa Clara County may die annually due to air
Web Link

How many county residents have died, tragically, from covid-19?
Why is this other public health disaster (air pollution) not discussed as a reason to reward/promote remote work?
More than 4 tons of toxic emissions - per commuter / per year - come out of car tail pipes.

Please spread the word - car commutes are not harmless.

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Posted by hkatrs
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 25, 2020 at 11:02 pm

In light of Facebook creating Willow Village; perhaps they could help Menlo Park’s Homeless people, approximately 60 people, who live in the grassland area next to Facebook and who started the recent fire in May. The Menlo Park Fire Chief said in a recent news report that his firefighters have been risking their lives dealing with the fires set by this group, in addition to booby traps and deep holes dug randomly in the grasslands that are latrines and contain ‘needles’. Can’t Facebook take an interest in the plight of the Menlo Park Homeless; use their connections with their medical practitioners and help the addicts? If FB is going to hire roughly 7000 people; hopefully some of them can be from the grasslands near their headquarters! Perhaps even a facility could be built to help rehabilitate the addicts and FB’s social platform could have a new purpose to help people live healthier lives. What do you say FB? Take your company to the next level and include the ‘have nots’ in your business plan? Be a true social platform.

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 26, 2020 at 9:48 am

I have noted a change in my FB page - they have changed the format and I do not like it. My sister-in-law recently wanted to get donations through FB - who is trying to act like a bank. The handling of any financial activity through a company that has employees who work from home is fraught with many conflicts of interest. When people are in a building with other workers on the company server they have a different mind-set then individuals working from home. From where I am siting any donations to anything will be handled off-line and not through some one's new creation of a bank. But that is just personal for me since I have already had a compromised situation regards banking and people getting on charge cards with no authorization.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 26, 2020 at 3:13 pm

Good news all around. "about 20% to 40% were interested in working remotely permanently." Here's hoping that will become 75%. Whether working from home or in satellite offices located where employees homes are clustered, it is all much better than everyone commuting to one spot.

When I started work in the area, experienced people often got private offices with 160 square feet, and, everyone got 80 square feet. Overall, 250 square feet of floor area including meeting rooms, mgmt, etc., was standard. Think of all the stuff you are using now that was invented then. ;-)

Conditions now are awful crowding-wise, and, not surprisingly, the biggest inventions of the last 10 years have all been ways of reducing everyone's privacy further and further and "monetizing" people's formerly private information. Let's give everyone more space and see if there is something else that can be invented besides "no privacy".

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