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According to Business Insider, some Google employees are criticizing the business for executing its remote work policy inconsistently. Google is relocating employees in the Bay Area to the office at least three days per week beginning April 4. While some team members are exempt from in-person work policies, employees report that others are no longer permitted to work remotely.
Employees voiced their concerns last Thursday during a business all-hands meeting, submitting queries using a system called Dory. According to Insider, two common questions involved remote work.
“Google generated record revenues as a result of the pandemic (and WFH), traffic has already increased (at least in the Bay Area), and people have varying preferences for WFH vs work from home,” one inquiry stated. “How come the RTO policy is not ‘Work from home whenever you desire if it makes sense?'” According to another submitter, certain teams “blanketly prohibit” remote employment, with Google rejecting applications “even when bosses are supportive.”
According to employees interviewed by Insider, Google’s remote work regulations felt capricious. According to one employee, a coworker was forbidden from remote work despite the fact that their manager was permitted to work from home.
Employees in the Bay Area who seek to work remotely from other states may incur wage reductions: Google will reduce employee compensation if they migrate to cities such as Durham, North Carolina, and Houston, Texas.
This is not the first time that Google’s remote work policies have caused consternation among its employees. CNET reported in July that staff were outraged by the company’s “hypocritical” remote work policy, which allowed senior executive Urs Hölzle to work indefinitely from New Zealand while requiring lower-level employees to apply.
Other large IT companies are also planning to open corporate offices in the coming weeks. However, not everyone requires on-site work. Twitter will allow employees to work from home indefinitely if they so choose. Workers have grown accustomed to a flexible work environment as a result of the epidemic, and many find mandatory, in-person employment unpleasant.