Whether you hate it or love it, work from home has become the new normal.
While all the major tech giants extended their support to employees — in terms of flexible work hours or home offices setups — there is still an open debate on how the companies want their employees to work.
Google as a company has always been a front runner when it comes to providing the best offices with world-class facilities — all to make it an unparalleled experience, but it seems to have shut their offices for a year, the company has been able to earn around $1 billion. (money saved is money earned right?).
According to a report by Bloomberg, during the first quarter, Google parent company Alphabet saved $268 million in expenses “primarily as a result of COVID-19” compared to the same period a year earlier. This money is otherwise spent on promotions, travel and entertainment.
The report also claims that the company also witnessed a drop in advertising and promotional expenses by a whopping $1.4 billion in 2020 due to reduced spending, paused or rescheduled campaigns, and online-only events. Specifically, expenses related to travel and entertainment expenses fell by $371 million, suggests the report.
Despite all the savings, the company hasn’t announced any permanent options for employees — at least till now — to work from home.
Back in December 2020, Google CEO Sundar Pichai had sent an email to Google employees outlining the company’s plans about getting employees back in offices, while extending work from home till September 2021.
Back then, Pichai had made clear that unlike companies like Twitter and Facebook that had given the employees the work-from-home option “forever,” Google had no such plans.
“We believe that in-office collaboration will be just as important to Google’s future as it’s been to our past,” he said in the email. He said that the unpredictability due to the pandemic has created “some interesting challenges and opportunities for us as we start to bring Googlers back to the office. We’re going to lean into them and experiment with a series of pilots designs to improve productivity, collaboration, and overall well being.”