#3. In a blow to flexible working trend, Google asks workers to return to the office early
Tech giant Google was one of the first businesses to tell its employees to work from home. And now, the business is one of the first big businesses to tell its employees to return to the office, according to a report in CNBC. The CEO also announced that employees that want to work remotely for more than 14 days a year after September 1 will have to formally apply for the privilege, marking a big blow for the flexible working and remote working trend. Google’s head of people operations, Fiona Cicconi, said that offices won’t look exactly the same; as more and more companies plan to revamp offices, Google has said their offices will offer more meals, snacks, and amenities where possible. Plus, owners will be able to bring their dogs to work.
Google isn’t the only tech company asking people to return to the office. Last week, Amazon said they plan to return to an office-centric culture. Microsoft has also said they envision "working from home part of the time (less than 50%) as standard for most roles" in the future. In addition, IBM has said that 80% of their workforce will spend at least three days in the office. Read more here.