Some Google employees have expressed unhappiness with the company’s attitude towards remote working and are considering quitting if not offered to them.
It is according to the Business intern who recently spoke to nine U.S.-based Google employees, some of whom told the news site that the company needs to rethink its resistance to full-time remote work and that Google’s current policies risked undermining losing talent to competing companies.
“Many employees are considering leaving Google in favor of a workplace with more favorable remote working conditions,” said a current employee.
“This issue has become more and more confrontational among staff and, in my experience, leads to increasing attrition,” the person added.
While some employees said they wanted to return to the office at least a few days a week, some with children said remote working had been “life changing” for them.
Some employees said that recent remote work experience has proven workers can be productive remotely.
A current employee argued that he was concerned about “waste of time and capacity building”.
“If you’re in the office but can’t get a meeting room or find a quiet spot, then what’s the point in going in?” If you need to work independently, why come the days when everyone could stay at home? “
Google currently allows workers to request full-time remote work arrangements, but the company expects only 20 percent of its workforce to be offered the opportunity.
In May, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new “hybrid” working model, in which around 60% of Google’s staff would be expected to work in the office a few days a week. An additional 20% could move to “new corporate locations,” while the remaining 20% could request to work permanently from home, with both groups seeing salary adjustments.
Employees whose remote work requests are accepted could see a pay cut of up to 25 percent depending on where they live.
While Google has already opened its offices for employees who wish to work from the office, the latest resurgence in Covid-19 cases has forced the company to push back its mandatory back-to-office plan that required employees to come to office three days a day. week from January 10.
The company said earlier this month that it was indefinitely delaying its plan to return offices around the world due to concerns over the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus and some resistance to company-mandated vaccinations.
Nearly 40% of U.S. employees have walked into an office in recent weeks, the company said, with percentages higher in other parts of the world.
Last week, it emerged that Google had told its staff that they needed to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or else they would be put on unpaid leave or be fired.
An internal memo circulated among senior officials and seen by CNBC said employees should prove their positive vaccine status or seek exemption on medical or religious grounds.
Staff members who have not uploaded documents by January 18 proving that they have been vaccinated or exempted will be placed on “paid administrative leave” for 30 days, followed by a further period of six months of unpaid leave. , after which their role could be terminated if they still have not complied.
Vaccination rules will apply to the United States first and are expected to be extended to other regions later.