Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg faced thousands of anxious employees in an all-staff Town Hall meeting this morning, just two days after announcing that the company would eliminate 10,000 jobs.
According to The Washington Post, which received a transcript of the event, Zuckerberg took questions and tried to explain Meta’s reorganization and restructuring plan.
One employee asked how they could trust him only four months after last November’s bloodbath when Meta laid off roughly 11,000 workers, 13% of its workforce. At that time, Zuckerberg assured workers that there would be no more cuts in the “foreseeable future.”
“I would guess that the way people would evaluate whether you trust me and want to work at this company is whether we are succeeding in making progress toward the overall stated goals,” Zuck said. “I think a lot of this is about the results we are able to deliver.”
Zuckerberg explained that the company was responding to economic pressures that could linger for a while. “But I think it’s a fair question,” he said.
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Concerns about remote work and company culture
Later, Zuckerberg was asked about the future of remote work at the company.
He answered that it could continue to be “an ongoing conversation,” although he didn’t rule out possible return-to-office mandates. Some major companies, such as Amazon and Disney, require employees to return to the office full-time or part-time.
Another employee asked how they were supposed to remain productive when the threat of layoffs were circling through the campus halls, according to WaPo.
Zuckerberg conceded that this was an uncertain time but added, “it’s not like we can just pause working while we are figuring this out.”