Zuckerberg’s fury at worker who asked if extra Meta ‘vacation’ days will continue post-pandemic: Doubles down and says many underperforming staff ‘should not be here’
- Mark Zuckerberg was allegedly ‘visibly frustrated’ after being asked the question by one of Facebook’s Chicago-based employees
- He told he all-hands meeting on June 30 that there are a ‘bunch of people’ at his company who ‘shouldn’t be here’
- In response, a Meta spokesperson said ‘Any company that wants to have a lasting impact must practice disciplined prioritization and work with a high level of intensity to reach goals’
Furious Mark Zuckerberg allegedly failed to hide his annoyance when he was asked by one of his staff members if Meta’s extra ‘vacation’ days would continue post-pandemic during a all-hands meeting.
The internet-giant CEO, 38, was asked the question about the extra days off – which were introduced during the coronavirus pandemic – by one Chicago-based employee during a company-wide forum on June 30.
Zuckerberg also told staff that there are a ‘bunch of people’ at his company who ‘shouldn’t be here’ and part of his plan to amp up the expectations at Meta is so people can realize ‘this place isn’t for you.’
Facebook employee Gary asked whether the extra days off introduced during the pandemic would continue in 2023 – to which Zuckerberg was allegedly ‘visibly frustrated,’ according to The Verge.
After being asked the pre-recorded question, Zuckerberg responded: ‘Um…all right.
Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) was ‘frustrated’ after a Facebook employee asked him whether Meta Days – extra days off given to staff during the pandemic – were going to go ahead in 2023
‘Given my tone in the rest of the Q&A, you can probably imagine what my reaction to this is.’
In the obtained footage, billionaire Zuckerberg added: ‘Realistically, there are probably a bunch of people at the company who shouldn’t be here.
‘And part of my hope by raising expectations and having more aggressive goals, and just kind of turning up the heat a little bit, is that I think some of you might just say that this place isn’t for you. And that self-selection is okay with me.’
During the pandemic, Facebook suspended its performance review process and instead gave all employees an ‘exceeds expectation’ grade and a $1,000 cash bonus – as well as extra time off.
After the meeting, some employees took to their internal messaging platform to discuss what was said by their billionaire CEO.
One wrote: ‘Did Mark just say there are a bunch of people at this company that don’t belong here,’ while another added: ‘This is war-time, we need a war-time CEO.’
After the controversial transcript was published, Meta spokesperson Joe Osborne said: ‘Any company that wants to have a lasting impact must practice disciplined prioritization and work with a high level of intensity to reach goals.
‘The reports about these efforts are consistent with this focus and what we’ve already shared publicly about our operating style.’
The comments come after Zuckerberg fell out of the top ten list of the world’s richest billionaires in March due to his plummeting Meta stock. He currently ranks No. 17 on the list and has lost a marked $64.4 billion – more than his current net worth of $61.1 billion.
Meanwhile, Sheryl Sandberg, Meta’s chief operating officer, stepped down from the Meta firm earlier in June amid an investigation over her use of corporate resources to help plan her upcoming wedding.
During the pandemic, Facebook (owned by Meta) suspended its performance review process and instead gave all employees an ‘exceeds expectation’ grade and a $1,000 cash bonus – as well as extra time off
Although the sources said the investigation was still active, a Meta spokeswoman insisted to DailyMail.com that: ‘Sheryl did not inappropriately use company resources in connection with the planning of her wedding.’
‘This has nothing to do with Sheryl’s departure from the company,’ the insider source added.
The parent company, Meta Platforms, founder Mark Zuckerberg and other execs have faced mounting pressure to re-evaluate their social media services following a bombshell whistleblower report last year that revealed the company was well-aware of the negative effects Instagram was having on teens but did little to change.
And now, the Pao Alto-based company fears more backlash over its attempt to expand consumerism on its digital platforms as economists at Goldman Sachs have double the probability of the US economy tipping into recession in the next year, as they slash their growth outlook due to concerns over inflation and interest rates.
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