Amazon and Google will not be completely removed, and employees will gradually return to campuses – Office on vc.ru



A possible reason is a large investment in real estate.

In December 2020, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced that he was postponing the return of employees to the office until September 2021.

But on March 31, 2021, Google sent out a new email to employees. The transition to hybrid work with a mandatory visit to the office will begin in April, writes CNBC, citing internal company documents.

Google expects employees in regions with a low risk of coronavirus infection to work from the office at least three days a week and “live a short distance from the office.”

According to Pichai, “teams work best when they are tied to common projects,” and this requires a face-to-face presence.

If, after September 1, 2021, employees want to work remotely for more than 14 days a year, they will have to submit a formal application and tell about “exceptional circumstances”.

It is possible to extend the remote control only for a period of up to 12 months, and Google has the right to call an employee to the office “tied” to him at any time.

Also in internal Google documents it is said that the company can adjust the employee’s salary depending on where he works. The move could stimulate the return of workers who left Silicon Valley during the pandemic for peace of mind and saving money, CNBC notes.

Amazon also intends to abandon full deletion. On March 30, the company said in a Covid-19 blog that it expects most of its employees to return to their offices by the fall. They will start going out to offices from June 2021, and their number will grow with the spread of vaccinations in cities and countries.

In the future, Amazon plans to return to a “culture primarily focused on the office.” According to the company, this will enable “to learn, collaborate and innovate more effectively.”

Google and Amazon’s plans differ from those of other IT companies – all because of real estate investments.

The Fast Company publication explains the desire of Google and Amazon to return employees to the office not only with a possible increase in work efficiency, but also with companies’ investments in real estate.

For example, Amazon in August 2020 rented 185 thousand square meters of office space in a skyscraper in Bellevue in Washington and plans to increase the number of employees in the city to 25 thousand people by 2025.

And in February 2021, Amazon presented a plan for a second headquarters for 13 thousand employees, which it will build by 2025 in Virginia. Investments in the project over 10 years will amount to $ 2.5 billion.

Google, in March 2021, announced that it would invest more than $ 7 billion during the year in the construction and development of offices and data centers in the United States. This will attract at least 10 thousand new full-time employees.

The desire of Google and Amazon to abandon the complete removal goes against the plans of other technology companies, Fast Company notes. For example, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Square, Upwork announced that employees will be able to work entirely from home after the pandemic ends.

Microsoft, on the other hand, is developing a hybrid workplace and has divided the process of returning from a remote location into six stages, tied not to a specific time, but to the epidemiological situation.

The company notes that according to surveys, many employees want to continue working from home. Microsoft suggests that part-time work from home will become the standard – but 50% of all working time.



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