Back in March, one of the very first companies to have its employees work remotely due to the COVID-19 situation was Google. September 2021 is the most recent aim, the expected return date has been postponed various times now. A “flexible workweek” is intended to be tested.
An announcement was made regarding the new September target for office reopenings to the employees through a memo by the CEO Sundar Pichai. A reconfigured workspace is what the Googlers will be returning to.
Employees will be spending at least three “collaboration days” on campus through a “flexible workweek” that will be monitored by Google. Unplanned face-to-face interactions at cafes and micro-kitchens help tick new ideas and solutions, is a strong belief the company possesses. Multiple advantages allowing employees to stay onsite with coworkers is provided by Google.
“We are testing a hypothesis that a flexible work model will lead to greater productivity, collaboration, and well-being,” Mr Pichai wrote in an email obtained by The New York Times. “No company at our scale has ever created a fully hybrid workforce model — though a few are starting to test it — so it will be interesting to try.”
Collaboration spaces can be reserved by the teams for a bunch of people, while larger gatherings will be taken place outdoors. Accessibility to single desks along with these reconfigured spaces designed to reduce the risk of spreading.
Google’s test of a flexible workweek is completely dependent on local scenarios – internships will remain virtual next year, all of this is being planned as vaccines will commence soon. The employees will be aided by the company to get the vaccination done, but are primarily recommended to follow guidance from their health authorities:
Google has said it is looking for opportunities in mid-to-late 2021 to help make Covid-19 vaccines available to its workers, but only after high-risk and high-priority people globally have received the vaccines.