The coronavirus pandemic has led mostly all the companies to ask their employees to work from home. This was not possible few years back but now it is a reality. Recently, Google had announced about it plan for a new working policy for its employees. Let’s look at Google’s new working policy and the effectiveness of it.
Google's Hybrid Model
Sundar Pichai who is the CEO of Alphabet and Google has announced a new working policy for the company’s employees that is a hybrid model. The new working model will allow most of the employees to work out of their office for 3 days in a week and the rest employees to work remotely every day.
As the company is shifting to the hybrid work week model the company is expected to provide employees with more choices which include more global locations and remote work.
According to the model, around 60 % of the Google’s employees will have to come to the office at least a few days a week, the other 20 % will work in new locations and the final 20 % of the employees will be able to work from home.
Sundar Pichai conveyed in a blog post that majority of the employees would want to be on campus sometime since Google’s campus has been at the heart of their community. He added that still some of the employees would like to have the flexibility of working from home or spending time in another city for a part of the year or some would even prefer moving there permanently.
He said that Google’s workspace in the future would have enough freedom for its employees to explore all these possibilities.
The main focus of the hybrid model is that the employees will get an option where they can work in the office for about 3 days in the office and for the rest 2 days, they will get an option to work from where they would prefer working from.
He added that it may vary according to the roles of certain employees as the job would demand them to be on-site for some projects.
The company is expecting to provide access to employees to choose from the options such as being able to apply to move to another office by the mid of June. The company is also planning to offer opportunities for the employees to apply for a complete work from home option.
In an effort by the company to allow more flexibility, the employees will get an option to temporarily work from another location which would exclude their main office for up to 4 weeks in a year. This would be possible only if there is an approval.
Effectiveness of its Hybris Model
Google is said to always have been the leader when it comes to working conditions and practices related to people said Sandeep Das who has worked as a Strategy Consultant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Marico and Accenture. He added that the other companies will have to follow them.
He added that he finds Google’s model more effective, sound and realistic as its main focus is flexibility and choice with reducing the time for transportation of the employees, collaboration at work, time to log off and also the control over an individual’s life.
He adds that this would let working women continue their work and build their career and not to drop off in between their careers.
Bhavna Dalal, leadership development specialist and executive coach to Bloomberg, American Express, Google, HSBC, Oracle and Morgan Stanley said that in the long term there will be an improvement in the productivity when individuals choose to work from a place or surrounding which makes them feel comfortable and the best.
What does hybrid work mean?
A hybrid team is a flexible work structure where some employees work remotely and other team members work from a central location or office.
Who is the CEO of Google 2021?
Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google 2021.
What are the benefits of hybrid working?
A hybrid workplace helps keep employees safe during the pandemic, Also it eliminates the time consumed in commuting during peak hours.
Work from home will soon become the new normal as not only Google but many other companies are working towards finding the possibilities of continuing it even after the pandemic. Companies such as Infosys, TCS and Spotify have already begun testing the possibilities of these hybrid working models.