Google will begin opening some of its office buildings in various cities effectively from July 6.
This is aimed at allowing small amount of its employees who need a physical workspace “the opportunity to return on a limited, rotating basis.”
The company’s CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to give proper overview, as they plan to return their workforce to some semblance of normalcy or at least a new normal.
The idea is to rotate employees in for a day every few weeks to keep facilities at only around 10 percent occupancy. And if all goes well as planned, Google will scale up to 30 percent by September “which would mean most people who want to come in could do so on a limited basis, while still prioritizing those who need to come in” according to Pichai.
In contrast with bold shifts to all-remote work from companies like Facebook and Twitter, Google’s top executive eschewed sweeping statements about the future of its workforce in favor of encouraging employees who are interested in relocating to speak with their managers and to review guidelines around taxes and health coverage.
Pichai predicted that Google staffs will have “more flexibility and choice” in how they work, while still waxing nostalgic about the company’s iconic office complexes, long a symbol of what makes work in the tech sector distinct from more traditional jobs.
“Our campuses are designed to keep collaboration and community. Some of our greatest innovations were the result of chance encounters in the office and it’s clear this is something many of us don’t want to lose.”
“At the same time, we are very familiar with distributed work as we have many offices around the world and open-minded about the lessons we’ll learn through this period.”
Pichai still expects that the majority of Google’s workforce will be mostly working from home through 2020.
And to help Google staffs adapt to the different needs of a home office, the company will allocate $1,000 in expenses to help employees buy furniture and home office equipment.
As a portion of employees do return to the office, Pichai warned that the company’s physical spaces “will look and feel different than when you left” as Google implements necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, he concluded.
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