Google says 20 per cent of workers will be remote, many more hybrid

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA (AP) — Google said it expects about 20 per cent of its workforce to still work remotely after its offices re-open this fall, while some 60 per cent will work a hybrid schedule that includes about three days in the office and two days “wherever they work best”.

The remaining 20 per cent can change their location to a different Google office.

The policy announced on Wednesday relaxes the company’s stricter earlier stance.

“The future of work is flexibility,” Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai wrote in an email to employees that was also posted on Google’s website. “The changes above are a starting point to help us do our very best work and have fun doing it.”

Most of Google’s 135,000 employees can continue to work from home through September of this year.

For up to 20 days per year, Google employees will also be able to work from any location other than their main office. That’s up from a previous allotment of 10 days.

The company based in Mountain View, California, will also continue offering extra ‘reset’ days — days off to help cope with the pandemic.

Google was among the first major technology companies last year to tell its employees to work from home at the onset of the pandemic. Other tech giants, such as Facebook and Twitter, have announced that people can work from home permanently after the pandemic if their jobs allow for it.

A woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, California. PHOTO: AP