Google doesn’t want employees working remotely anymore.
That’s the takeaway from an internal memo sent today that I’ve seen. Take this section:
“We know that a number of people moved to fully remote work for many good reasons, as we all adjusted to the pandemic. For those who are remote and who live near a Google office, we hope you’ll consider switching to a hybrid work schedule. Our offices are where you’ll be most connected to Google’s community. Going forward, we’ll consider new remote work requests by exception only.”
The email also reminds employees that they should be coming into the office three days a week if they aren’t already designed as remote, and that managers can factor their absences into performance reviews. Meta recently issued a similar notice on coming into the office to its workers.