As lockdown restrictions start to ease more businesses are making a stance on their requirement to have staff back in the office. Google announced this week that its US employees can voluntarily return to the office in April but as of September 1, the tech giant is likely to make this compulsory.
CNBC has reported that any Google employee wishing to work remotely for more than 14 days per year after September 1 will have to apply to do so but only in ‘the most exceptional circumstances’. Google also retains the right to call them back to the office at any given time.
Amazon has also stated its intention to bring back its workers to the office in the autumn confirming its plan to return to an office-centric culture as its baseline. “We believe it enables us to invent, collaborate and learn together most effectively,” commented an Amazon spokesperson.
Amazon is encouraging staff and contractors to accept invitations to receive the vaccine as soon as they are offered but will not require them to have had one before returning to the office.
Meanwhile, USA Today has reported that Facebook plans to reopen its San Francisco Bay Area offices in May having previously stated that they would allow their employees to work from home on a permanent basis.
Tech behemoth Microsoft reopened their Seattle headquarters at the end of March and will be bringing more staff back to its Washington campus soon.
After a year of remote working more and more businesses are recognising the detrimental effects this forced isolation has had on staff wellbeing, productivity and creativity, particularly for younger workers not yet established in their careers.
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