Google Office Becomes ‘Ghost Town’, Big Boss Employee Ultimatum! What happened?

Who doesn’t know Google? Google is an American multinational corporation that specializes in Internet services and products, from search technology to software. Because of its success and popularity, Google has become one of the dream companies for many people to have a career.

However, recently it was reported that Google’s office for the ‘Cloud’ division in the United States (US) turned into a ‘ghost town’ because its employees rarely entered the office. Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, complained about this situation.

According to a CNBC International report citing audio at a town hall meeting last week, only 30 percent of Google employees enter the office once or twice a week.

“It’s clear to me that they are trying to be efficient and save money. But at the same time, we have to take advantage of existing facilities,” Pichai said as quoted by The Register, Wednesday (8/3).

“By the way, there are people who regularly complain they come in and there are lots of empty tables and it feels like a ghost town, definitely not a pleasant experience,” he continued.

Demonstrators during an Alphabet Workers Union rally in New York, US, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. The protest is in regards to Google's recent layoffs which left 12,000 employees without work. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesKantor Google/ Foto: Bloomberg via Getty Images/Bloomberg

Pichai said going to the office with a frequency of 1 to 2 times a week is not efficient. He encourages employees to be wiser in utilizing the office space provided.

“We have expensive real estate. And if they are only used 30 percent at a time, we have to evaluate again,” he explained.

The Google Cloud staff was introduced to a new work concept last month. According to reports, most of them were asked to share a table with other employees.

Google said it would set up a sharing mechanism for the table. One of them, setting norms at work.

Google Cloud strategist and operations expert, Anas Osman, explained that one desktop for one employee is used by around 35 percent of employees in 4 days.

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