If anyone has the data on trends, it’s Google. So, if everyone wants to work from home, you’d expect Google to know and plan their business around it, but instead, they are actively contributing to the new office space trends.
“It might seem counterintuitive to step up our investment in physical offices even as we embrace more flexibility in how we work,” CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post in April. “Yet we believe it’s more important than ever to invest in our campuses and that doing so will make for better products, a greater quality of life for our employees, and stronger communities.”
Pinchai isn’t the only one building office space. Builders are working on 146.6 million square feet of new office space in the United States. Are builders being hopeful or is there a point at which everyone fighting to work from home will start heading back to the office?
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Very comprehensive discussion of the issue! Thanks. So many companies just don’t get it. TALK to your employees. If they are productive from home, then work with them to make them happy and prevent turnover. If they are clearly goofing off, well, they know that, so it seems fair to “manage” them more closely!
I’m job hunting right now. Many ads have “remote” in them. So far, these are the definitions of “remote” that I’ve heard:
1. One day a week working from home.
2. The ability to work from home on what would otherwise be a snow day.
3. Working from home is only allowed after working there for a full year.
4. They used to offer remote work but everyone’s back in the office now and they “forgot” to remove “remote” from the ad.
Superb reading! I loved your blog post about office space trends! I especially enjoyed your examples of how companies are changing their space in response to the changing needs of their staff. I think it’s so interesting that you mention how companies are building offices in response to the changing needs of their staff. I’ve always wondered what my company does in response to changes in our staff that we can’t predict.
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