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Extra long vacation, Google’s bet for its employees to resist the home office

The company is not only granting more days off this winter, but is also dispensing with “routine and uncritical meetings”.

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Extra long vacation, Google’s bet for its employees to resist the home office
Extra long vacation, Google’s bet for its employees to resist the home office

Working remotely can be very demanding physically and, above all, emotionally. To counter the effects of Home officeGoogle has decided to extend the winter holidays for all employees and reduce or eliminate unnecessary work meetings.

In a letter to the homes of his workers, Sundar Pichai, CEO of the tech giant, spoke about the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these has been the adaptation to remote work which he recognized can lead to burnout.

To take care of the health of his team, Pichai announced that everyone will be given two more vacation days this winter. Although workers have the option to choose which days to withdraw, the company suggested it be Friday, December 18 and Monday, January 4, 2021, depending on the needs of their area.

Last week, the same Google executive announced that another measure to ease the burden on their employees is to have a week off from virtual meetings. “Let’s change or cancel any routine and non-critical meetings,” Pichai said. He added that it will be from December 28th through January 1st and will “allow Google employees to focus on work or completely ease the breakup and take vacation”.

The decision is made at a crucial point in time when many companies rely on the home office in the long term. Google itself will allow teleworking through the summer of 2021, while Microsoft is making sure this is a permanent option. Twitter will allow this modality “forever”.

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