Google Is Paying Its Workers to Build a Home Office

Published on May 28, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations, companies, and governments all over the planet to momentarily close their offices, which has forced many people to work from home instead.

Tech firms, particularly those in the United States, have taken kindly to the concept of working at home. Twitter, for example, is offering many of its employees the chance to continue to work from home, even after the ongoing pandemic is over. Also, Facebook allowing some of its staff to work remotely until at least the end of 2020. On May 26th, The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, announced a plan for the company’s own post-COVID work strategy as it dedicates resources to reopening its offices around the globe.

The current plan is only for a small number of its workers, which are affectionately called ‘Googlers’, to return to their offices starting on July 6th, Pichai wrote in an email to his employees that he thinks that most of them will be mostly working from home for at least rest of 2020. To help out with this, Google will be giving each of it’s employees a $1,000 cash allowance to buy the necessary furniture and equipment to make a home office.

Google is planning to run their physical offices at 10% capacity during July, and then 30% by September. Their thinking is that this strategy will help reduce contact between people, and preventing new coronavirus infections. Pichai said, Stringent safety and health and measures like social distancing and heightened cleaning policies are also being put in place, “so the office will look and feel different” than when Googlers left their cubicles at the start of the pandemic.

Pichai explained the process to reopen his companies offices as “slow” and “deliberate.” In the future, he added, Google will be considering how they can “develop more overall flexibility in how we work.”

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