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Tech companies are skittish about WFH

Microsoft will now allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50 percent of their working week, or for managers to approve a work-from-home arrangement, the Verge reported. Employees who opt for the permanent remote work option will give up their assigned office space, but still have options to use touchdown space available at Microsoft’s offices.

  • Why it matters: When tech companies aren’t even fully embracing the WFH model, we believe many are getting ahead of themselves declaring the demise of traditional office space. Google’s most recent version of their hybrid remote working model is a great example. We see this as a recruiting battle brewing between tech companies.
  • Google’s hybrid model sounds more traditional as more info is revealed: Employees have been pressuring CEO Sundar Pichai to set out a plan for the future of remote work. In a company wide meeting, Pichai said he still sees the majority of Google roles being tied to a specific office, but said the company plans to expand the number of “hub” offices to give employees more flexibility, Business Insider noted.
  • On-site collaboration is here to stay: After voicing concerns surrounding inefficiencies associated with the past few months of remote work, Pichai noted: “In the future, we see the majority of our employees roles to continue to be tied to a particular office and that they will live within some reasonable distance of that office.” [BI+Verge]

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