Goodbye to remote work: Google and Amazon ask their employees to return to the offices

Some companies want to leave remote work behind (Photo by Edward Jenner on Pexels)
Some companies want to leave remote work behind (Photo by Edward Jenner on Pexels)

A great year ago, companies began to implement remote work as a precautionary measure in the framework of a pandemic that was beginning to stomp around the world. The computer giants such as Google, Facebook or Twitter were among the first to take the initiative of a movement that today, in much of the world, seems to have consolidated, especially considering that a new wave is underway and many governments have returned to establish movement restrictions.

Despite this, some of those companies that once raised the banner of the home office and seemed already installed in this modality, now seek to reverse this situation and are urging their employees to return to face-to-face work. Google, for example, said Wednesday that it will speed up plans to reopen offices. in April for those who volunteer before the September 1 deadline.

After that date, employees who want to work remotely more than 14 days a year must formally request it. They can ask for up to 12 months in “the most exceptional circumstances”. Still, the company could call employees at their assigned office at any time, according to company statements released by CNBC. The computer giant is advising employees to get vaccinated, but said this will not be mandatory.

Amazon, for its part, said Tuesday its goal is to return to “an office-centric culture. We believe that it allows us to invent, collaborate and learn together in the most effective way ”. In this sense, the idea is that most of its workers return to the offices by September.

An image of Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California (REUTERS / Paresh Dave / File Photo)
An image of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California (REUTERS / Paresh Dave / File Photo)

These decisions are in line with the office expansion announcements that both companies have made of late. The Seattle-based company led by Jeff Bezos in August signed a lease for a multi-story tower in Bellevue, Washington, and unveiled plans in February to develop a new propeller-shaped headquarters, which will be will build in Arlington, Virginia, by 2025.

For its part, Google revealed that it would invest $ 7 billion to create more offices and data centers across the country this year.. In addition, the company would hire at least 10,000 new employees in 2021.

Amazon wants its employees to return to the offices by September (EFE / EPA / JUSTIN LANE / File)
Amazon wants its employees to return to the offices by September (EFE / EPA / JUSTIN LANE / File)

What about the rest of the tech giants

The other companies are taking different philosophies. Some continue to implement remote work, as is the case with Twitter that announced a few months ago that it allowed its employees to do home office indefinitely and, for now, has not made any new announcements in this regard.

IBM, for its part, recently told Bloomberg that 80% of employees will likely remain performing tasks in a hybrid context., that is to say with certain days of presence and others of remote work. In this sense, post-pandemic most will spend approximately three days a week in the office.

The company led by Mark Zuckerberg, announced weeks ago that its Menlo Park headquarters would open in May and Microsoft again implemented face-to-face work on March 29 in countries where the number of infections decreased.

Other companies like Uber already allow a limited number of employees to return to their offices in San Francisco, United States.

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