Throughout a latest companywide assembly, Google CEO Sundar Pichai defended the corporate’s new desk-sharing coverage for workers. In accordance with Pichai, the corporate goals for effectivity and cost-effectiveness and needs to make the most of out there assets correctly.
CNBC obtained audio of the assembly during which Pichai mentioned Google’s places of work are virtually empty. “There are folks, by the way in which,” mentioned the CEO, “who routinely complain that they arrive in and there are large swaths of empty desks, and it feels prefer it’s a ghost city — it is simply not a pleasant expertise.”
Desk-sharing is a part of a downsizing effort known as Cloud Workplace Evolution. CNBC reported on CLOE in February, detailing Google’s plans to ask Cloud staff and companions to share desks within the division’s largest places of work.
Through the assembly, Pichai talked about that many staff are coming into the workplace solely two days every week, which is an inefficient use of the present area. He additionally confused that the corporate must be good stewards of economic assets and cautious about the way it thinks about actual property, as Google has costly (and expansive) properties.
On the identical assembly the place Pichai addressed desk-sharing, Google Cloud’s technique and operations vice chairman, Anas Osman, reported that roughly one-third of staff have been at firm places of work as much as 4 days weekly. Moreover, staff mentioned they skilled notably improved collaboration when assigned workplace days, even when factoring in shared desk rotations.
Responding to feedback through the assembly from involved staff about varied points—together with how Google communicated its desk-sharing coverage to the corporate at giant—Pichai acknowledged the sentiment and mentioned the suggestions was legitimate.