Google cracks down on hybrid working – and will track employees’ attendance

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solo11 June 2023Last Update : 4 months ago
Google cracks down on hybrid working – and will track employees’ attendance

Google is reportedly cracking down on hybrid-working policy Start tracking employee attendance with the tech giant and incorporate the frequency of employees in the office into performance reviews.

According to reports from CNBC, Google’s Chief People Officer Fiona Ciccioni wrote an email to employees on Wednesday, saying “there is no substitute for getting together in person”.

Search engines and mobile-phone makers now want employees in the office three days a week and will send reminders to employees who are “persistently absent from the office.”

Ciccioni is said to have asked already approved remote workers to reconsider their choices: “For those who are remote and who live near a Google office, we hope you consider a hybrid work schedule. Will consider switching. Our offices are where you’ll be most connected to Google’s community.”

Google, which is a $1trn company, wants to bring people back into the office to increase productivity, saying “working together in the same room makes a positive difference,” she said.

In addition, US employees will have their office attendance tracked through badge data, with officials reviewing whether to implement it in other countries, a separate document obtained by the outlet shows.

Hybrid working was popularized by the pandemic when it was encouraged by governments to stay inside and limit interaction with people.

However, despite the full reopening of businesses the trend still remains with employees splitting their time between the office and home – with many reporting that the balance has improved their well-being.

In April, American bank JP Morgan Chase also stopped remote working for its senior staff.

“They must be visible on the floor, they must meet with customers … and they must always be accessible for immediate feedback and urgent meetings,” Global Business told employees in a memo.

“Employers who force employees back into offices full-time face a revolt. Marcus Beaver, UKI country leader at Allite Solutions, said employees will not easily give up the benefits they are now accustomed to.

“It is no longer important where employees work day-to-day. It is about having the right skills to achieve business goals, and that employees have proven they can get the job done. Ultimately, an employer Its most valuable asset is its staff.

He added: “If they want to bring workers back, offices need to reimagine their spaces to foster a positive culture that fosters creativity and collaboration. It’s not enough to want them back – they must be attracted back.


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