Google employees to work remotely until July 2021

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Despite the mitigating circumstances, a lot of organizations are beginning to prefer telework to in office operations.

During a pandemic, social distancing is a must but so is commercial mobility. Some are adapting to restricted service better than others. 

On balance, accounting, programming and legal industries can complete most of their daily tasks remotely.

While there may be some losses to overall morale and drive, the net positive for tech corps is pretty strong.

This week, Google announced plans to keep 200,000 full-time and contract employees working remotely until July 2021, at the very earliest.

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google parent company Alphabet, told The Wall Street Journal that he and his team wanted to give employees the ability to properly plan for the future.

“We are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office,” the company said in a shared statement.

The larger the corporation, the higher the stakes. Which is to say, it’s unclear how convenient this decision will prove to be for Google in the long run, but the backlash of rushing workers into risky scenarios would be hard to recover from.

In light of this, Facebook, Twitter, and Square have already announced plans to allow workers to continue working remotely indefinitely.

For the positions that can swing it, remote work is almost always a viable output method.

Working remotely reduces employees’ stress/commute stress, in office expenses, in-office liabilities, increases worker flexibility, and meaningfully addresses the plague of poor work/life balance that insiders have reported on for years.

I suspect leaders occupying tech and digital markets will begin to gravitate toward telework.

The 2017-2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics report stated that remote work was on the verge of taking over the world, with a third of employees agreeing that their job could be done just as easily from the comforts of their home. This figure has more than doubled in the time since the COVID-19 pandemic urged national shutdowns.

It’s our most promising economic contingency plan.

There are pitfalls of course. The most pressing remote obstacles revolve around prolonged isolation.

It’s important that employees and executives alike develop inventive ways to keep their teams motivated. When the former festers and the latter fails, all of the benefits afforded by telework are basically neutralized.

Establishing small tangible goals is a great way to both measure and encourage engagement. To do so effectively, it’s important to distinguish goals from deadlines. 

With the help of digital tools like slack, zoom, and Google Meet, most companies will be able to accomplish relatively painless adjustments.

“We’re going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a sit down with The Verge. “We need to do this in a way that’s thoughtful and responsible, so we’re going to do this in a measured way. But I think that it’s possible that over the next five to 10 years — maybe closer to 10 than five, but somewhere in that range — I think we could get to about half of the company working remotely permanently.”