With the vaccination drive at its peak across countries, everyone's hopeful that we will soon see an end to the pandemic. Given these changes, Google & Amazon both seem to be keen on returning to office ASAP.
After Sep 1, Google employees will need formal approval to work remotely >14 days/year
Google will begin returning to office in limited capacity in April and post Sep 1, employees will need formal approval if they want to WFH >14 days/year!
This is quite ironical since in the recent few months Sundar Pichai has been talking about the benefits of working remotely and a hybrid way of working.
Sundar Pichai says Google plans to be 'more flexible' with future office requirements, and will consider hybrid models to create better 'balance' for employees https://t.co/e6BODLvBD2— Business Insider (@BusinessInsider) September 23, 2020
Amazon wants to return to an office-centric culture as the baseline
Amazon's new guidance on remote working outlines that they would soon return to an office-centric culture and that 10% of their corporate workforce is already working in-office partially.
Tech industry is divided into 2 distinct camps in regards to remote working
Microsoft & Facebook have already announced that they will move towards a more remote future where most of workforce works remotely for most of the time. This is in direct contrast to what Google, Amazon & Netflix plan to do.
The tech world is clearly divided -- it will be interesting to see how much & how soon the non-remote camp loses!
Here's what our users had to say:
Prerak Dongaonkar said "I was personally very disappointed to read this. I considered Google and Amazon to be amongst the most influential companies and knowing the tech that the two companies have I completely FAIL to understand why they would resist the Remote work option and make it difficult for the employees. As I see, Remote working saves a company far more resources, finances and keeps people happy ( If they aren't super micro managed ). Although I know about the massive investment that they have made in their infrastructure and perks over the past few years, providing flexible work options is the way forward. I sincerely hope that they come around it and participate in leading the way to reshape the office and work environment that was the 'old normal'."
Hrishikesh Pardeshi said "True, I think the clincher here is their existing investment into infrastrucuture. Although I still can't comprehend why these facilities can't be turned into spaces for collaboration rather than having the traditional cubicle model. The drift away from tech hubs is real and companies like Google, Amazon & Netflix will just lose their edge on hiring great tech talent."