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CM – Google introduces more flexible remote working guidelines

Google expects 20 percent of its workforce to work from home as part of a new, more flexible hybrid work model announced to employees

The technology giant expects that 20 percent of employees will work from home under the new hybrid working model.

Google assumes that its future lies in a hybrid work model in which around 60 percent of Googlers spend a few days a week in the office, 20 percent in new office locations and another 20 percent work from home. </ The Mountain View, California-based tech giant's more flexible stance on remote working was revealed when the company shared CEO Sundar Pichai's vision for its post-coronavirus pandemic hybrid workplace with employees.

According to one Google spokesman, Google’s latest hybrid work model is expected to evolve over time given the broad scope of its business. Changes are made at the product and functional level. However, employees can continue working remotely until September this year.

In December, Google announced that it would switch to a hybrid work week, with most employees working around three days a week in the office and two days wherever they want .

According to the spokesman, the majority of Googlers still want to work temporarily at Google locations, and many also want to work from home a few days a week, spend parts of the year in other cities or move to other cities a different city permanently.

Google is building new types of reconfigurable spaces for indoor and outdoor collaboration and is working on improving technology tools like Google Workspace that employees can use to contribute equally to the company.

Product area and function managers develop workplace guidelines based on their needs and employee roles, and employees er keep the ability to move to other Google global offices or move from their teams or offices to permanent remote work. Googlers can now temporarily work from a location other than their main office for up to four weeks per year. This is an increase over the last two weeks.

Google will also be offering additional « reset » days to help employees recharge during the pandemic this year. May 28th is the next free day worldwide.

Google was one of the first major US companies to advise its North American employees to work from home, if their role allowed, in early March 2020, the day before the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. Last March, the company announced that it would be welcoming employees back to some of its US offices on a voluntary basis. The U.S. offices would reopen on a limited basis based on certain criteria including an increase in the availability of COVID-19 vaccines and downward trends in COVID-19 cases.

Google does not require vaccinations to keep employees back in the office A spokesman said last month.

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