According to Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, business leaders should embrace that employees want to have a say regarding how they want to work: onsite, remotely, or a mix of both.
A few months ago, the giant technology company announced its decision to adopt a hybrid work model even after the pandemic recedes. More than 10,000 remote work applications were received, and almost all of them were accepted.
Sundar Pichai’s Take on Remote Work
Sundar Pichai told the Wallstreet Journal this week about the upcoming hybrid work plans of the company. He also encouraged CEOs to listen to what their employees have to say in terms of remote work vs. office work.
There has to be a dialogue of respect on both sides, I think. Still, I think CEOs need to embrace the fact that in the modern workplace, employees want to have a say in where they work. And I think there is strength in that too. So I think that’s the way I’ve looked at it.
He also mentioned that between 20% and 30% of the company’s employees have voluntarily returned to the office. In New York, almost half of the staff is working onsite.
And although almost 10,000 remote work applications were accepted in August, thousands of others want to continue working in the office. In September, Google announced their purchase of an office building in New York for $2.1 billion as part of their collaborative office environment plans.