Google Loosens Remote Work Restrictions To Give Workers a Better Balance Between Work and Life

Kitchener-Waterloo, On, Canada - October 17, 2020: Google office building in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario on October 17, 2020.
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced in a note on the Google blog this week that the company is reimagining its workplace to include 60% of workers on a hybrid model, with three days in the office and two days remote, 20% working remotely full-time and 20% working in new office locations.

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The new policies address the changing workplace forced by the pandemic, but also seeks to help give Google’s 140,000+ workers a better balance between the needs of their job, homes, families and mental health.

For employees who switch locations or move remote, their compensation could be adjusted based on the new location, Google announced.

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In addition to the new work-from-home policy, which is a loosening of the prior “three days in the office” restriction, according to LinkedIn News, Google workers will also be permitted to work four weeks per year from “a location other than their main office (with manager approval).” This could permit workers to enjoy the benefits of travel without taking vacation time, or to work from home while children are home during school vacations.

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“The goal here is to give everyone more flexibility around summer and holiday travel,” Pichai said in the note.

Google will also introduce “focus hours,” where internal meetings will be limited to allow for “head-down” project development and deep work and “reset days” to help employees “recharge during the pandemic in 2021,” Pichai wrote.

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