Google has revealed that it now anticipates 20% of its staff will continue working from home after its offices reopen this year.
Prior to this announcement, Google had taken a more strict approach to the return to work. However, it appears that it is now relaxing its policies.
Google anticipates that 60% of its employees will be on site a few days each week, 20% will work in new office locations and 20% will work from home.
In December the company announced a plan to have workers spend three days a week in the office.
“Before the pandemic, we had thousands of people working in locations separate from their core teams,” Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, wrote in an email to employees. “I fully expect those numbers to increase in the coming months as we develop more remote roles, including fully all-remote sub teams.”
At the moment, any Google employee can temporarily work for four weeks each year from a location other than their assigned office. Pichai added this will vary depending on each worker’s roles.