Google to pilot 'hybrid' remote work models instead of employees' full return to offices 

Jackie Drees - Print  | 

Google plans to implement a new work-from-home hybrid model as a long-term work option for employees, most of whom have expressed not wanting to return full time to the office, according to CNBC

The tech giant recently surveyed its employee base, finding that 62 percent of workers want to return to their offices at some point in the future, but not every day, according to the Sept. 23 report. Employees cited face time with colleagues, socializing and improved collaboration opportunities as reasons for wanting to return to offices. 

"I see the future as being more flexible," said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent company Alphabet, in an interview with Time magazine Sept. 23. "We firmly believe that in-person, being together, having a sense of community is super important when you have to solve hard problems and create something new, so we don't see that changing. But we do think we need to create more flexibility and more hybrid models."

The long-term work strategy for post-pandemic operations comes after Google's move this summer allowing employees to work remotely through July 2021. 

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