Google not yet inclined to allow employees to work from home on a full-time basis, CEO Sundar Pichai states why

In a conversation with Wired, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that a full-time work from home condition is not workable for Google.  According to Pichai,  it is essential to have a human element in Google and so the company will have to work out some way to manage the current scenario appropriately. 

As a lot of tech firms have been thinking to let their employees work from home for as long as they wish or for at least till the end of this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai perceives that a full-time work from home condition is not workable for the company. As stated by Pichai, Google will always need a human element, and thereby the company will have to find a solution on how to manage the present condition properly. 

In a conversation with Wired, Pichai spoke about the work from home situation briefly, expressing that it was something Google has had to accommodate to.

Pichai said, “Once we realized this was going to be bigger than any of us imagined, two quick thoughts: First, how do we keep our employees safe? So as early as we possibly could, we had to move the company to a distributed, global, work from home model. Second, in some ways Google and Alphabet were built for this moment. We are here to provide people with information, help them in moments where they need help. So we realized it was important to step up our products and services but also the help we can give to communities and institutions,”

Pichai anticipates Google to adapt, without a doubt, but he personally believes in the value of the conventional, face-to-face settings.

He added, “I don’t think we are going to come out of this and be back where we were before this all started. So I expect us to adapt but it’s still too early to tell how much. Early on, I’m excited that some of this is working well. But it is based on a foundation of all of us knowing each other and having the regular interactions we already had. I’m curious to see what happens as we get into that three-to-six-month window and we get into things where we are doing something for the first time. How productive will we be when different teams who don’t normally work together have to come together for brainstorming, the creative process? We are going to have research, surveys, learn from data, learn what works,” 

Wired question Pichai if the company was having to reconsider the enormous campus which they are constructing in Mountain View or the space that they are refurbishing in New York City. 

To this Pichai replied, “In all scenarios I expect us to need physical spaces to get people together, absolutely. We have a lot of growth planned ahead. So even if there is some course correction I don’t think our existing footprint is going to be the issue. I am positive we will put it to good use and I’m anxious to see some of those projects get done.” 

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