Mark Zuckerberg seems visibly annoyed after an employee inquired about paid ‘vacation’ work.
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Mark Zuckerberg was annoyed by the employee’s vacation question.
Mark Zuckerberg held a virtual company-wide Q&A meeting on June 30 to answer pre-recorded questions.
However, during a session, a Chicago-based employee asked Zuckerberg whether the ‘meta days’, an additional leave introduced after the COVID-19 lockdown, would continue into 2023.
This question came after the Facebook president talked about how the global economy is affecting financial markets. “It will be one of the worst recessions we have seen in recent history,” he added.
Meta CEO gave a surprisingly cold answer to a question asked by employee Gary.
The 38-year-old billionaire said, ‘Um… OK. Given my tone for the rest of the Q&A, you can imagine my reaction to this.’
Zuckerberg adds that the Meta will raise the bar for its employees. He also said he would lay off employees who did not meet the new threshold.
The tech giant said, ‘Realistically, there are going to be a lot of people in the company who shouldn’t be here.’
He continued, ‘It’s part of my hopes to raise expectations, set more aggressive goals and cool off a bit. That self-selection is OK for me.’
Meta Staff Reacts to Mark Zuckerberg’s Dramatic Tonal Change
After the meeting, many employees visited an internal messaging site called Workplace to discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s plans.
One staff member criticized Zuckerberg and said, ‘Did Mark just say that there are a lot of people who don’t belong here?[?]’
Another wrote, ‘Who hired you?’
But some employees praised the billionaire CEO’s change of tone.
One employee said, ‘It’s on display right now. We need a wartime CEO,’ he said.
‘Beast mode is active’ while the other responds.
The comments came shortly after Zuckerberg was removed from the list of the world’s top 10 billionaires in March after a sharp decline in Zuckerberg’s meta stock. He currently sits at number 17 on the list.
Zuckerberg reported a massive loss of $64.4 billion, more than his estimated net worth of $61.1 billion.