Google has revealed that it will invest around $9.5 billion into its offices and data centers across the US.
By doing so, the company is dedicating over $2 billion more towards creating new jobs and growing its data centers.
The investment is anticipated to create 12,000 full-time positions this year, as well as help open its new Atlanta office and expand its Storey County, Nevada data center.
“It might seem counterintuitive to step up our investment in physical offices even as we embrace more flexibility in how we work,” the company said in a statement. “Yet we believe it’s more important than ever to invest in our campuses…”
Google has been one of the leaders of ushering in a hybrid future by allowing employees to work from the office around three days a week. However, the firm has emphasized the importance of in-person work, despite many employees wanting more flexibility in their schedules.
This indicates that Google is moving forward with the idea that the office will play a significant role in business operations in the future. While some workers will have the ability to operate remotely full-time, staffers have argued that the company should be more accommodating to employees’ workplace arrangement preferences.