Google has encouraged employees to rotate their workdays in order to share one desk among several employees.
Google’s cloud employees based in select US offices have reportedly been asked to share desk spaces with their colleagues from next quarter. This move comes as the tech giant plans to close office spaces in certain locations, with the aim of investing further in its cloud business.
According to an internal FAQ accessed by CNBC, employees based in Kirkland, Washington, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Sunnyvale, California have been asked to share desks on alternate days to facilitate efficient use of office space. The FAQ also noted that some buildings would be vacated and that employees would be matched with desk partners in a collaborative effort to ensure a positive experience in the new shared environment.
This new way of working, called “Cloud Office Evolution” or “CLOE”, is designed to combine in-person and remote work, and is expected to foster better collaboration between team members while using office space more efficiently. Google hopes that this new way of working will allow employees to work in the office or from home, depending on their preferences, and that it will ultimately lead to a more productive and positive work environment.
Google Cloud’s global revenue trailed that of Microsoft and AWS, but it was far ahead of the fourth-largest public cloud provider. Google Cloud revenue increased to $7.3 billion in Q4 from $5.54 billion the previous quarter.
In addition to the desk-sharing initiative, Google is also reportedly considering investing in additional office space to accommodate its growing employee population. However, this is likely to be a costly and time-consuming endeavor, and it remains to be seen whether the company will ultimately decide to pursue this option.
Despite these challenges, Google remains committed to providing a comfortable and productive workspace for all of its employees. Whether through innovative workplace strategies or additional office space, the company is working hard to ensure that every worker has a functional and enjoyable workspace, regardless of the ongoing desk shortage.
Despite these challenges, it’s clear that Google remains committed to fostering a productive and collaborative work environment for its employees. Whether through additional office space or innovative workplace strategies, the company is working hard to ensure that every worker has a comfortable and functional workspace, regardless of the ongoing desk shortage.