Google relaxes remote work plan, will let 20% of employees telecommute

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

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Google announced on Wednesday that 20% of its employees will be working from home after the offices reopen later this year.

The company, which owns extensive real estate in Silicon Valley, had previously taken a stricter approach to getting back to work as the Covid pandemic forced companies to close offices and employ workers remotely. Now that some tech workers are seeing other employers offer more flexibility, Google is loosening its approach.

In December, the company announced a plan for employees to spend three days a week in the office.

Now, Google expects 60% of employees to be on site a few days a week, with 20% working in new office locations and 20% from home, a spokesman told CNBC.

Every Google employee can now temporarily work for four weeks a year in a different location than their assigned office. This corresponds to an increase of two weeks, according to the spokesman.

Employees can continue working from home until September, the spokesman said. Some employees may be required to be in their facilities more than three days a week due to their work, the spokesman said.

Several smaller companies, including Atlassian and Square, have agreed to have most of their employees work from home.

CLOCK: According to Oppenheimer analyst, Google is “hardest hit by a reopening”.

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