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20 Percent of Google Employees will Work from Home Post Pandemic

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Google, a US-based multinational internet-related services and technology products company, has stated that when its offices reopen later this year, it expects 20 percent of its staff to operate from home.

Due to the extreme Covid-19 conditions, which has forced companies to close offices and make employees telecommute, the company, which owns extensive Silicon Valley real estate, has previously taken a more stringent approach to the return to work. Now that some expert employees are seeing various employers offer more flexibility, Google is rethinking its approach.

The popular search engine now expects 60 percent of its workers to work on-site for a few days a week, with 20 percent working in new office locations and 20 percent working from home. In an email to employees, the company's CEO Sundar Pichai mentioned that most employees would like to be on campus on occasion.

Whatever the case could be, Pichai wrote that, the employees can now work from a place other than their assigned office for up to four weeks per year, up from two weeks previously. Due to their employment, some employees may be required to work more than three days a week.

The company reported in December that the employees would be required to work three days a week.

In June, however, the company will provide more information to employees on how they can apply to work from home or from various offices on a permanent basis, according to Pichai. In this case, the company will change people's wages.

Employees will continue to work from home until September, according to an email from a spokesperson to CNBC.

“We had thousands of employees operating in places apart from their core teams prior to the pandemic. As we build more remote positions, like entirely all-remote sub teams, I fully expect those numbers to rise in the coming months,” Pichai wrote.

The same goes for Google's temps, suppliers, and contractors, who make up almost half of the company's employees, will most likely be in the workplace on the same days as their teams, according to the Guardian.

Several smaller companies, such as Atlassian and Square, have also agreed to allow the majority of their workers to work from home.

“We had thousands of employees operating in places apart from their core teams prior to the pandemic. As we build more remote positions, like entirely all-remote sub teams, I fully expect those numbers to rise in the coming months,” Pichai wrote.

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