SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has seen an increasing number of employees walk into its offices each week, especially younger workers, the company’s real estate chief said on Friday in a statement. interview at the Reuters Next conference.
Google pushed back the mandatory employee return date indefinitely on Thursday over concerns about the Omicron variant. The company previously said its 150,000 employees worldwide may be required to come to the office as early as January 10.
Still, David Radcliffe, Google’s vice president for real estate and workplace services, said many Googlers come back of their own accord. About 40 percent of its U.S. employees on average have come to the office daily in recent weeks, up from 20 to 25 percent three months ago, he said. Globally, 5% more employees return to the office week after week, he added.
âPeople are actually voluntarily showing that they want to be back in the office,â Radcliffe said. “We are moving in the right direction.”
Younger employees and those who have joined Google more recently arrive at higher rates, seeking opportunities to learn from their colleagues, Radcliffe added.
Google expects employees in the office at least three days a week once it imposes a new due date.
Based on feedback from those already back, he’s redesigning floor plans to increase private and quiet spaces for distraction-free one-on-one work and adding conference areas and other collaboration spaces into spaces. open both inside and out.
Real estate and human resources experts see Google as a 20-year pioneer in sustainable office design and various workplace perks, including free meals, massages, and gyms.
To extend these sustainability and well-being benefits to remote work, Google encouraged employees to purchase carbon offsets and non-toxic furniture for their home offices. It also provided free cooking classes and discounts for fitness studios near workers’ homes.
âIt was amazing how many employees had never cooked for themselves,â Radcliffe said.
(Reporting by Paresh Dave in Oakland, California, and Julia Love in San Francisco; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Matthew Lewis)