Google Shifts to Hybrid Workweek, Allowing 20% of Its Employees to Work Remotely

Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOG) Google (GOOG) said it is offering staff more employment flexibility, allowing roughly 20% of its employees to work from home permanently and another chunk of workers to shift to a different office location.

In an email to staff on Wednesday, Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said the company envisions that about one-fifth of staff would work from home on a permanent basis, while another 20% of staff would shift to new offices. The remaining 60% of staff will work from their current offices.

Google (GOOG) is also moving to a hybrid workweek, where employees work from offices about three days a week, and two days "wherever they work best," Mr. Pichai said in the email.

The company also will offer four weeks a year where staff can work from anywhere with manager approval, a move that aims to give employees more flexibility around summer and holiday travel.

"The future of work is flexibility," Mr. Pichai said. He said the changes aimed to help staff do their best work.

Google (GOOG), which has 140,000 employees, is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and the majority of its staff work in the Bay Area. However, it has offices in 19 states with campuses in locations, including New York City, Atlanta and Austin, Texas.

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