Google CEO Sundar Pichai (seen above March 25) told his 140,000 employees that 20% of them would be allowed to work from home permanently from September 1.
Google and KPMG have revealed their post-pandemic plans to allow staff to work from home – as companies consider how much time staff should spend in the office when normalcy returns.
Accounting firm KPMG told its 16,000 UK employees on Wednesday that they would work in the office for up to four days in a fortnight from next month under a hybrid work model developed in the wake of the recent drop in cases Britons from Covid.
And US tech giant Google has revealed plans to allow 20% of its 140,000 employees to work permanently from home from September 1.
The company originally planned for all of its employees to return to work in its offices at least three times a week.
A Google spokesperson said that starting in September, the company will also switch to a “hybrid model” with a majority of employees required in the office for at least three days a week.
According to an email circulated by CEO Sundar Pichai, around 60% of Google employees are expected in the office each week, while an additional 20% will be assigned to new offices.
The remaining 20 percent will be allowed to work full time from home.
“Before the pandemic, we had thousands of people working in separate locations from their core teams,” Pichai wrote to his staff of more than 140,000 on Wednesday.
“I expect these numbers to increase in the coming months as we expand into more remote roles, including fully remote sub-teams.
Pichai wrote that the company will offer more details next month on how employees who wish to apply to work from home permanently can apply to do so.
KPMG spokeswoman Zoe Sheppard said in an emailed statement: “As part of the company’s new hybrid way of working, starting in June, employees of KPMG spend up to four days in the office spread over a fortnight, the rest being passed. at home or at customer sites. “
Google is reverting to its original plan to have all of its employees return to work in its offices at least three times a week. Pictured: Google headquarters in London
According to an email circulated by Pichai, around 60% of Google employees are expected in the office each week, while an additional 20% will be assigned to new offices. The image above shows Google’s New York headquarters on April 13.
KPMG UK director Bill Michael resigned in February after learning he had told staff to ‘stop complaining’ about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. He was replaced by Jon Holt.
Sheppard said the hybrid plan was developed incorporating staff feedback.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Tuesday asked US-based employees to return to work in the office in mid-June and the UK to return in mid-July.
JPMorgan Chase & Co said last week that it aims to return to power for American workers on a rotational basis from July.
Some 36% of UK employees did at least some homework last year, as the coronavirus outbreak closed many workplaces, up from around 26% in 2019, the Statistics Office said. country in April.
Google will also adjust employee compensation based on where they work, according to Pichai.
Accounting firm KPMG told its 16,000 UK employees on Wednesday that they would work in the office for up to four days in a fortnight from next month under a hybrid work model developed in the wake of the recent decline in UK Covid cases ( photo: KPMG headquarters in London)
It comes after the tech giant initially announced that employees could start returning to the office last month, but staff would be forced to return by September.
Tech giants, including Google, were among the first to fire employees home when the coronavirus began to spread widely in the United States more than a year ago.
Even before the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020, Google and many other leading tech companies were telling their employees to work from home.
Google originally planned to allow a significant number of employees to start moving into its Mountain View, Calif., Headquarters and other offices during the summer of 2020.
But the continued spread of the pandemic has delayed reopening the business.
The largest Google offices are largely unoccupied.
Meanwhile, Amazon has confirmed that the company still plans to bring its employees back to the office by fall. The image above shows the company’s offices in Seattle
The decision affected more than 123,000 payroll employees at Google and other Alphabet companies, as well as 80,000 contractors who normally work on company campuses.
Meanwhile, Amazon has confirmed that the company still plans to fire its employees to the office by the fall.
The company had previously given its return to office date of June 30, but questions remained as to whether the company would allow some of its 60,000 Seattle-area office workers to continue working from home part-time.
“Our plan is to return to a culture that focuses on the desktop as a baseline,” Amazon said.
“We believe this allows us to invent, collaborate and learn together as effectively as possible.
Amazon will not require office workers to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before they return, but the company encourages employees and contractors to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, according to Amazon spokesperson , Jose Negrete.
Google’s move last year prompted other tech giants to follow suit, with companies like Facebook also telling employees they should plan to work remotely until 2021.
At the time, both Amazon and Microsoft said their employees should expect to stay at home until at least October 2021.
But as COVID-19 vaccinations roll out across the country, tech giants have started announcing plans to allow employees to return to work.
Microsoft began bringing workers back to its suburban Seattle world headquarters on March 29. The above 2014 file image shows the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington
Facebook plans to reopen its offices in the San Francisco Bay Area to 10% capacity this month.
Facebook, Twitter and Square had previously said they would allow employees to work from home at all times, which has led to the development of remote or hybrid work structures.
Microsoft began bringing workers back to its suburban Seattle world headquarters on March 29.
In a post on the company’s corporate blog, Executive Vice President Kurt DelBene said Microsoft is monitoring local health data and has decided it can bring more employees back to its Redmond, Washington campus.
DelBene said workers will have the choice of returning to headquarters, continuing to work remotely, or a combination of the two.
More than 50,000 people work on the company’s headquarters campus in Redmond, 15 miles east of Seattle.