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Meta cuts off laundry and dry-cleaning perks; offers $3,000 in compensation

As Meta employees return to the office on March 28th, a new normal is waiting for them as the tech giant eliminates some perks.

Meta is adjusting how it takes care of workers’ welfare when it welcomes them back to the office later this month. Staff will no longer have access to free laundry and dry-cleaning on the premises. The company has also moved dinnertime forward to later during the day.

These changes are due to changes brought about by the new hybrid work schedule at Meta. Most workers will still work some days of the week remotely, meaning less time spent in the office. It might make sense to the company’s leadership, but losing the perks could be a massive blow as they help cushion the effect of tech companies’ usual grueling working environment.

Dinner at Meta will now be served at 6:30 PM, which is 30 minutes after the last shuttle leaves the campus. This adjustment means staff has to choose between food and transport.

However, some Meta staff told the New York Times that the perks were a ploy to keep them working longer hours anyway.

Many tech companies offer perks like free meals, laundry, childcare, gym facilities, etc. They do these to compete for talent with their competitors. Others offer bonuses for parents, travel stipends, extended leave, etc. But in the face of hybrid working patterns, some of them are revising some of these offers as their employees may not be able to take full advantage of the facilities.

Meta (owner of Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Reality Labs, etc.) is going to compensate its staff for the perks going away. It will increase annual wellness stipends significantly, from $700 to $3,000.

“As we return to the office, we’ve adjusted on-site services and amenities to better reflect the needs of our hybrid workforce,” a spokesperson wrote in a statement to the New York Times.

Meanwhile, the Mountain View campus staff have been doing without free unlimited food. The city banned tech companies from offering unlimited food when local businesses could not do business because Meta and Google staff ate on campus.

Other Bay Area offices belonging to Meta still offer free meals and unlimited snacks for staff that want to munch on something between eating times. Eater claims the offices stock about $300,000 worth of food at any time.

Meanwhile, Instagram has introduced a new feature that will help combat nasty comments during live streams. The broadcaster will be able to assign a moderator who can independently report comments, turn off comments for a particular user, and remove garrulous viewers from a Live stream.

To add a moderator as a creator, tap the menu icon from the comment bar and search for who you want to assign as a moderator or pick from users suggested by the app.

Delegating moderation will allow the streamer to focus on their delivery instead of being distracted by trolls. It will also reduce toxic comments.

TikTok has had this feature for a while, and it was a matter of time before Meta lifted it for one of its apps. However, Twitch has had the feature for years, which is not surprising as it is a focused streaming platform.

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