Many employees at Google believe that the company needs to embrace full-time remote working, following the tech giant delaying its return-to-office strategy once again.
While Google has already opened its offices for employees who want to go in, prior to the last delay, the firm planned to require workers to come into the office three days a week starting January 10.
However, as the resurgence of Covid cases continues to halt the company’s return to the office, staffers believe the firm should relinquish its dreams of compulsory days.
At the moment, Google is allowing employees to request full-time remote work arrangements, but the company only expects 20% of its 140,000 employees to be granted this request.
Plus, workers who are given the opportunity to work remotely may see a pay decrease of up to 25% depending on where they live.
Although some employees said they were eager to come back into the office for a few days a week, other employees with children stated that remote working has been life-changing.
In addition to its new remote work policies, the company introduced four “work from anywhere” weeks per year, as well as 14 weeks of paid leave for parents and caregivers.
However, because of the work arrangement limbo that Google appears to be in, some employees are considering seeking out more solid flexible work options.
“This issue has become increasingly divisive among staff and, in my experience, is leading to growing attrition,” one employee said. “A lot of employees are thinking about quitting Google in favor of a workplace with more favorable remote-working conditions.”