Google OKs thousands of staff requests to transfer or work remotely, report says – CNET

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California

Google headquarters sprawls across a large campus in Mountain View, California.

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Google approved 85% of about 10,000 employee requests to work remotely or relocate when the search giant’s offices fully reopen, Bloomberg reported this week. The news comes after some workers criticized the company’s remote work policies as “hypocritical” due to a senior executive moving to New Zealand.

Employees who need to use particular equipment or interact with customers face-to-face had their applications rejected, according to Bloomberg, which cited an email to Google staff from the company’s HR chief. Around 55% of the applications were for office transfers, while the remainder sought permission to work remotely.

Last week, Google pushed back its mandatory return to office date from September to Oct. 18 due to the global spread of the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19.


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