Hybrid work week to be the norm at Google, 20% of Googlers to work remotely

Google will move to a hybrid work week, where most Googlers spend approximately three days in the office and two days “wherever they work best”, according to a note by Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. 

About 20 per cent of Google’s workforce would continue to work remotely after its offices reopen later this year, while about 60 per cent of Googlers would come together in the office for a few days a week, Mr Pichai said in the note on Thursday.

“Since in-office time will be focused on collaboration, your product areas and functions will help decide which days the teams will come together in the office. There will also be roles that may need to be on site more than three days a week due to the nature of the work,” he added. 

The India-born executive also noted that the company would offer opportunities for employees to apply for completely remote work (away from team or office) based on their role and team needs. 

According to the financial details released in Q1 of 2021, Google has 139,995 full-time employees worldwide. While Google does not disclose country-specific headcount, the company is estimated to have over 4,000 people in India.

Google has been investing in India as a strategic hub for its global product development. It has been expanding its employees’ base across product areas, like search, cloud, payments and AI research, and has presence in four cities, like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Gurugram.

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