The head of employment policy is guided by Google. Bring Out Your Work
- Google CEO Sundar Pichai took a U-turn and laid out the company’s plans for hybrid, flexible working in a blog post.
- Not only will Googlers be able to work together in the office or another remote office location, but they will also have the opportunity to continue working from home.
- Google will also allow its employees to apply to work remotely full time or move to new locations – but it could have a pay cut.
Google employees have been working from home since March last year. But now, like other employers, Google, and its parent company Alphabet, are figuring out what the future of the job will look like.
In April, Google announced that it was reopening some of its offices so staff could return to work based on the office if they wished. This reopening is also temporary to be in line with the changing COVID-19 situation around the world.
At the same time, as reported by CNBC, Google clarified that, in the post-pandemic world, remote work would be the exception to the rule.
Once the offices are reopened to everyone – which the company expects by September 2021 – workers will need to formally apply to work from home if they want to do so more than 14 days a year. Longer term work is only allowed remotely in incredibly exceptional circumstances, according to Google.
However, the company has now U-turned on its anti-remote employment policy, bringing it more in line with tech giant competitors.
In a blog post published in early May, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said nearly 60% of Google employees – known as Googlers – choose to return to the office somehow on time.
In the same post, Pichai laid out what Google plans for the future of the job. Spoiler alert – this will be a hybrid.
Google sees a future where 60% of Googlers will work together in the office a few days a week, while 20% will work in new remote office locations and 20% will work from home.
However, Google also offers its employees the opportunity to apply to work fully remotely or to move to another office anywhere in the world. Decisions will be made based on the demands of the role, as well as the goals of the team and the broader business.
Importantly, Google said that decisions about remote employment and transfer can lead to employee compensation being adjusted accordingly. This is in accordance with announcements made by Twitter and Facebook that employees who move to the expensive San Francisco Bay Area could face a salary cut.
Google’s interest in hybrid and flexible working doesn’t stop with whether employees choose to return to the office. The company is moving to introduce more flexibility into the lives of its staff through initiatives such as work-from-anywhere week and reset the day.
Google has not selected a specific time date for the implementation of this plan. Pichai explained: “All of these efforts will help us work with more flexibility and choice once we get back to our offices around the world.”
Pinchai concluded: “The future of work is flexibility. The above changes are a starting point to help us do our best work and have fun doing it.”
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