Remote working: Is Big Tech going off work from home?

On Wednesday last week, Google’s Fiona Cicconi wrote to company employees.

She announced that Google was bringing forward its timetable of moving people back into the office.

As of 1 September, she said, employees wishing to work from home for more than 14 days would have to apply to do so.

Employees were also expected to “live within commuting distance” of offices. No cocktails by the beach with a laptop, then.

The intention was very clear. Sure, you can do more flexible working than you did before - but most people will still have to come into the office.

That thinking seemed to fly in the face of much of what we heard from Silicon Valley executives last year, when they championed the virtues of remote working…

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It’s unavoidable. There are a lot of people who don’t enjoy remote work. We shouldn’t try forcing it on them.

But whether they will try to force on-site work on us the remote workers again is the more pertinent question IMO.

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Speaking only from a software dev point of view:
If the employer owns the building it is more tempting to call people back to work at the company office. On the other hand, if the employer leases some space in a building it will be more reasonable to go fully remote.
Personally I would prefer to be 100% remote with occasional meetings (every couple of weeks/months) with the full team.