As different parts of the world are facing an on-going struggle in order to contain newer waves of the Covid-19, it is increasingly becoming difficult for tech giants to come with a uniform policy to ask its employees to come to offices.
Internet search giant Google has been among those companies that never made the work-from-home option permanent, unlike Twitter and Facebook that had given the employees the work-from-home option “forever.” Now, the company has rolled out a new tool — called Work Location Tool — for its employees to request for permanent remote workers or asking for any change in office location.
According to a report by CNET, the company will adjust its employees’ compensation in accordance to the rates of the local region and his tool will allow them to see approximately how their salaries might change depending on location as they would be moving away from high living expense regions to smaller towns.
As per the report, the tool lists multiple factors that Google will consider while giving the new estimated salary.
“With our new hybrid workplace, more employees are considering where they live and how they work,” Google spokeswoman said to CNET. “To better equip people with the information they need to explore their options, we’ve built a tool that will allow all employees to request to move to a new location, or go remote.”
There is no word on whether this is happening for Google employees only in the US or across the globe.
Just last month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to Google employees detailing how the company plans to bring employees back to offices.
In his email, Pichai wrote that Google is “testing new multi-purpose offices and private workspaces, and working with teams to develop advanced video technology that creates greater equity between employees in the office and those joining virtually.”
The company expects about 60% of Google employees to come to offices together, 20% to work from new office locations whereas the rest 20% will continue working from home.
“I am profoundly optimistic that once we do, we will be able to come back together in our offices to see all the people we have missed. And we’ll be able to work together in entirely new ways that improve both our work and our lives,” noted Pichai in his email.