Google & Amazon put the brakes on future of remote work! 👀
Written by: Hrishikesh Pardeshi, Founder at Flexiple, buildd & Remote Tools.
Last updated: Jan 19, 2023
With the vaccination drive at its peak across countries, everyone's hopeful that we will soon see an end to the pandemic. Given these changes, Google & Amazon both seem to be keen on returning to office ASAP.
After Sep 1, Google employees will need formal approval to work remotely >14 days/year
Google will begin returning to office in limited capacity in April and post Sep 1, employees will need formal approval if they want to WFH >14 days/year!
This is quite ironic since in the recent few months Sundar Pichai has been talking about the benefits of working remotely and a hybrid way of working.
Sundar Pichai says Google plans to be 'more flexible' with future office requirements, and will consider hybrid models to create better 'balance' for employees https://t.co/e6BODLvBD2— Business Insider (@BusinessInsider) September 23, 2020
Amazon wants to return to an office-centric culture as the baseline
Amazon's new guidance on remote working outlines that they would soon return to an office-centric culture and that 10% of their corporate workforce is already working in-office partially.
Tech industry is divided into 2 distinct camps in regards to remote working
Microsoft & Facebook have already announced that they will move towards a more remote future where most of the workforce works remotely for most of the time. This is in direct contrast to what Google, Amazon & Netflix plan to do.
The tech world is clearly divided -- it will be interesting to see how much & how soon the non-remote camp loses!