Google warns that pandemic results might have an effect on company tradition in 2021
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, gestures during a meeting at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on January 22, 2020 in Davos.
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According to the company’s annual 10K report, Google is warning of employees returning to offices in 2021, warning that doing so could result in productivity and financial losses.
Known for its competitive, perk-based culture, the company employs 135,301 full-time employees and an equally large number of employees through third-party contractors.
“As we prepare to bring our workforce back to the office in more locations in 2021, there may be higher costs in preparing our facilities for a safe return to work and experimenting with hybrid work models, in addition to potential impacts on ours Skills to compete effectively and maintain our corporate culture, “explains the company.
Google, which first ordered its employees to work from home in March 2020, has been working on “hybrid” work models that include rearranging offices and figuring out longer-term options for remote working, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, said in September . In December, CNBC reported that Pichai had sent an email to employees extending their working hours from home until September 1, 2021. However, this was contingent on employees working from physical offices at least three days a week and living within a commute to their assigned offices. That was stricter than the remote work options offered by companies like Twitter and Facebook.
Government bans could also “severely affect” the ability of employees and suppliers to be productive, the company added in the filing. “Government restrictions have been inconsistent around the world and it remains unclear when return to construction sites or travel is permitted or what restrictions apply in these environments.”
The company listed other potential adverse effects of “prolonged” remote work during the pandemic, including declines in ad revenue, hardware demand and sales leads, and challenges in supporting its services and preventing problematic content from appearing on its platforms.
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