Google warns pandemic could hinder its ability to ‘maintain corporate culture’ in 2021

Google, which first ordered employees to figure from range in March 2020, has been performing on "hybrid" work models that include rearranging offices and deciding more long-term remote work options, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in September.

Google warns pandemic could hinder its ability to ‘maintain corporate culture’ in 2021
Google warns pandemic could hinder its ability to ‘maintain corporate culture’ in 2021

As Google prepares to return workers to offices in 2021, it's warning it's going to take a productivity and financial hit within the process, consistent with the company's annual 10-K report.The company, known for its competitive, perks-fueled culture, employs 135,301 full-time workers and an equally large contingent workforce through third-party contracting firms.

"As we prepare to return our workforce in additional locations back to the office in 2021, we may experience increased costs as we prepare our facilities for a secure return to figure environment and experiment with hybrid work models, additionally to potential effects on our ability to compete effectively and maintain our corporate culture," the corporate states.

Google, which first ordered employees to figure from range in March 2020, has been performing on "hybrid" work models that include rearranging offices and deciding more long-term remote work options, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in September.

In December, CNBC reported that Pichai sent an email to employees extending their work-from-home period to September 1, 2021 but it ha  been contingent employees performing from physical offices a minimum of three days every week and living within commuting distance from assigned offices. That was stricter than the remote work options offered by companies like Twitter and Facebook.

Government lockdowns could also "significantly impact" the power of employees and vendors to figure productively, the corporate added within the filing. "Governmental restrictions are globally inconsistent and it remains unclear when a return to worksite locations or travel are going to be permitted or what restrictions are going to be in situ in those environments."

The company listed other potential adverse impacts from "prolonged" remote working during the pandemic, including declines in advertising revenue, hardware demand, and sales leads also as challenges in supporting its services and preventing problematic content from appearing on its platforms.

news source CNBC

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