With the voluntary return of some Google employees to company offices last month, CEO Sundar Pichai said the tech giant will embrace a new hybrid workweek. In a pilot project that began in December, most employees will spend around three days working outside the office and the other two “where they work best”. How this division works in practice will depend on the product orientation of the worker and the team to which he is a part.
In addition, Google will provide more opportunities for employees to travel. In mid-June, it will introduce a process that will allow workers to apply to work from another office. In addition, all employees will have the chance to work temporarily up to four weeks away from their assigned office. Google also plans to develop more remote roles and even teams made up entirely of people who are not all in one place. The company will also allow employees to apply for remote work in their product area. When it comes to working in another office and taking on a remote role, the company says it will consider the needs of the employee’s team.
“Whether you choose to move to another office or go for a completely remote job, your compensation will be adjusted based on your new location,” Pichai explains of the policy. With the above changes, management estimates that approximately 60% of the company’s workforce will work on-site a few days a week. Twenty percent will work from home, while another 20 percent will find themselves in new offices.
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