In an interview with CNBC, Zuckerberg said that Facebook has enacted a new policy called "no-meeting Wednesdays." Once his employees are allowed back in the office starting next year, meetings are banned on Wednesday, allowing employees to do their work where they want without needing to come to the office.
"A lot of people felt, 'Hey, if I don't have to come in and I don't have meetings, then I'm going to be more efficient if I don't have to commute into the office that day,'" Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg went on to say that Facebook is now working on other methods for making people more efficient at home.
This theory makes perfect sense. And it speaks to what companies of all sizes should be thinking about as workers start to return to the office in a post-pandemic world.
The fact is, not everyone is more productive at the office. Sometimes, they're being badgered by other workers or they want to be more social. In other cases, they find themselves held back by the sheer number of meetings they have to attend, often finding they're not getting much done.
By banning meetings on Wednesdays and allowing employees to work from home, Facebook is eliminating those distractions. It might also be improving productivity by eliminating commutes and allowing employees to jump out of bed, walk the dog, get to work, and stay working until the job is done.
Coronavirus has made us all rethink at-home work. And for employees working from home, finding ways to improve their success there is critical.
Indeed, Zuckerberg's comments don't only apply to major companies. Small and medium-size businesses need to think clearly about the ways they can support their nemployees' productivity and give them the tools they need to succeed. And banning meetings at least one day a week is a great place to start.