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Google recognises the importance of employees' well-being and therefore the need to recharge, as a result, they take a flexible approach to work as they view this as leading to the best work being completed.
What we love about Google:
💡 Googlers are able to temporarily work from a location other than their main office for up to 4 weeks per year (with manager approval)
💡 Google offers paid global reset/wellbeing days for their employees
💡 Acknowledging the importance of a healthy work/life balance which is evident through their flexible working policy.
What is worth checking with Google:
💡 Employees are still required to work in the office for a portion of the week, however, some employees have the option to apply for permanent remote work.
💡 Not all roles have the ability to work flexibly.
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Flexibility will come in a few different forms at Google — here are the key principles:
A more flexible work week:
We’ll move to a hybrid work week where most Googlers spend approximately three days in the office and two days wherever they work best. Since in-office time will be focused on collaboration, your product areas and functions will help decide which days 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.
More choice around where you work:
More locations globally: One of Google's biggest advantages is our global footprint. We are investing in many great communities globally — which creates more opportunity for employees to move around throughout their careers. By mid-June your PAs and functions will come back with a process by which you can apply to move to another office. In granting approvals, they’ll take into account whether business goals can be met in the new location and whether your team has the right infrastructure in the site to support your work.
Remote work: We’ll also offer opportunities for you to apply for completely remote work (away from your team or office) based on your role and team needs. Before the pandemic, we had thousands of people working in locations separate from their core teams. I fully expect those numbers to increase in the coming months as we develop more remote roles, including fully all-remote sub teams. You’ll be able to apply for remote work within your product area or function. As with location transfers, your leads will evaluate whether remote work can support the goals of the team and business. Whether you choose to transfer to a different office or opt for completely remote work, your compensation will be adjusted according to your new location.
Taken together these changes will result in a workforce where around 60% of Googlers are coming together in the office a few days a week, another 20% are working in new office locations, and 20% are working from home.
More flexibility for your life:
Work-from-anywhere weeks: Going forward, Googlers will be able to temporarily work from a location other than their main office for up to 4 weeks per year (with manager approval). The goal here is to give everyone more flexibility around summer and holiday travel.
Focus time: Product areas and functions will also offer focus hours so we limit internal meetings during times when people need to be heads down on projects.
Reset days: We’ll continue offering extra “reset” days to help employees recharge during the pandemic in 2021. Our next global day off will be on Friday, May 28 (or the following work day if you’re already not working on the 28th). Please enjoy it!