Sundar Pichai lays out Google’s new ‘hybrid’ workplace plan

After some Google employees volunteered to return to the company’s offices last month, CEO Sundar Pichai says the tech giant will be introducing a new hybrid work week. In an extension of a pilot project that started in December, most employees will be out of the office for about three days and the other two “wherever they work best”. How this division works in practice depends on the product focus of an employee and the team to which they belong.

In addition, Google gives employees more opportunities to get around. A process will be in place by mid-June for employees to apply for work in another office. In addition, all employees have the option of temporarily working 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 request remote work in their product area. When it comes to working from another office and taking on a remote role, the company will consider the needs of the staff team.

“Whether you move to another office or choose to work completely remote, your compensation will be adjusted based on your new location,” says Pichai of the policy. With the above changes, management estimates that around 60 percent 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 end up in new office locations.

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