Despite Google committing to more flexible workplace practices, the company isn’t ready to let go of its lavish offices that have become synonymous with the technology firm.
Just this month, Google revealed it would spend $1 billion on office space in central London, where it also expects to see its headcount to grow from 6,400 to 10,000.
According to Ronan Harris, managing director at Google UK, the new investment would actually help fuel the company’s hybrid and flexible work commitment.
However, the company’s office expansion has come under scrutiny, with some experts stating that this type of expansion is attempting to force a grand return to the office into existence. Plus, research has indicated that there is an increased appetite for remote working policies in the future.
“Having an office space is a pre-pandemic relic that, if anything, hinders employee experience and business success,” said Callum Adamson, CEO and cofounder of software firm Distributed.
While the office is certainly not dead, investments into other aspects of business operations may be wise moving forward.
Instead, focusing on putting money towards building company culture, offices outside of headquarters and employees’ homes, improving current flexible workplace technology tools, and services that enhance employee wellbeing could help companies become more sustainable in the future.