Ex-Google hiring manager says ‘hybrid’ working model won’t last

According to the tech giant’s former hiring chief, Google’s “hybrid” work schedule won’t last because executives want to push employees back into the office full-time.

Starting Monday, Google will order most employees back to the office three days a week. Some “Googlers” have to work in person more than three days a week, while others are allowed to work remotely forever.

Google says the policy balances “the best of being in person and being somewhere” — but the company’s former human resources director, Laszlo Bock, doesn’t think this will last.

desire said Bloomberg that “Googlers” who come into the office less often are disadvantaged in terms of promotions, raises and coveted jobs.

He added that executives at Google and other big companies are dying to get employees to their desks.

“Eventually we’re going to bring everyone back into the office,” Bock claimed, a manager recently told him. “I just don’t want to choose this fight right now.”

Former Google hiring chief Laszlo Bock says hybrid work won’t last.

Bock predicted that hybrid work at Google would take three to five years before employees are back in the office full-time.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a sign that Google is doubling down on office work, the company announced last year that it was buying a massive $2.1 billion campus in Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood. It was New York City’s largest building sale since 2018, when Google bought Chelsea Market for $2.8 billion.

Sundar Pichai
Google boss Sundar Pichai wants employees to be back in the office at least three days a week.
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Google’s return plan is less strict than Apple’s, which requires all employees with few exceptions to return three days a week. The policy has led to some Apple employees threatening to fire them.

Meta, on the other hand, allows employees to apply to work remotely forever, while Amazon leaves decisions up to individual teams.

Google has spent billions on new office space in recent years.
REUTERS Ex-Google hiring manager says ‘hybrid’ working model won’t last


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