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Google to Implement Tougher Regulations on Office Attendance

New policy on office attendance highlights the complexity and ongoing evolution of hybrid work models.
H. Michael Burgett
Contributing Writer

Google is planning to enforce stricter policies on office attendance for its employees, according to internal memos. The updated hybrid work policy includes tracking office badge attendance, addressing employees who do not comply with attendance expectations, and incorporating attendance in performance reviews.

Why it matters: Google’s emphasis on in-person collaboration underscores the value of face-to-face interactions and the benefits they bring to teamwork, creativity, and employee engagement. This may prompt other companies to reevaluate their own remote work strategies and consider the impact of reduced physical office presence on organizational culture and productivity.

  • Under the updated hybrid work policy at Google, the majority of employees are expected to maintain a physical presence in the company’s offices for a minimum of three days each week. This requirement implies that employees must commute to the office and work on-site for a significant portion of their workweek.
  • The new policy marks a shift from the company’s previous more flexible approach to remote work
  • Fiona Cicconi, Google’s chief people officer, emphasized the importance of in-person collaboration and stated that remote workers living near a Google office are encouraged to consider switching to a hybrid work schedule.

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