Fed-up Google workers are reportedly venting their frustrations in regards to the firm’s plan to strictly implement its return-to-office necessities — a crackdown that features monitoring worker badge swipes.
Google’s inner discussion board Memegen has been flooded with posts in regards to the return-to-office push, with some workers grumbling “they’re being handled like schoolchildren,” CNBC reported, citing a assessment of the posts and conversations with staffers.
The newest backlash arose after Google HR boss Fiona Cicconi despatched out a memo final week informing workers that the corporate is cracking down on workers who skirt its workplace attendance requirement.
Most workers are required to be within the workplace three days per week.
Cicconi mentioned managers will see knowledge on worker badge swipes — and warned that poor attendance data would present up on particular person efficiency evaluations.
Additionally, groups will ship out reminders to workers “who’re constantly absent from the workplace,” and everlasting distant work will solely be authorized “by exception solely” for future hires.
“Check my work, not my badge,” one top-rated meme on the platform mentioned, based on CNBC.
Another broadly shared submit featured a picture of Cicconi standing in entrance of a chalkboard that displayed the message, “If you can not attend the workplace at present, your dad and mom ought to submit an absence request.”
Elsewhere, YouTube staffers reportedly mocked their bosses for nearly attending an all-hands assembly final Friday by which they outlined the corporate’s up to date return-to-office plans.
One meme shared on the interior discussion board featured a picture of the character Leonard Hofstadter from “The Big Bang Theory” subsequent to the quote “What are you taking a look at? You’ve by no means seen a hypocrite earlier than?,” based on CNBC.
Google spokesperson Ryan Lamont advised the outlet that worker badge swipe knowledge is “aggregated” for managers, slightly than detailed in particular person studies for every onsite employee.
“Now that we’ve absolutely transitioned to the hybrid work week, firm leaders can see studies exhibiting how their groups are adopting the hybrid work mannequin,” Lamont mentioned in an announcement.
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The tightened return-to-office coverage has raised tensions at Google, which is within the midst of a cost-cutting drive as CEO Sundar Pichai goals to refocus the corporate’s enterprise on the push for superior synthetic intelligence.
In February, Google workers staged protests in New York City and California after the corporate slashed 12,000 employees, or about 6% of its workforce.
The layoffs have been probably the most important in firm historical past.
Google adopted up the layoffs by chopping a number of the firm’s vaunted workplace perks, together with on-site “micro kitchens” that have been stocked with free meals and snacks.
More lately, Googlers have been irked by the disclosure that Pichai had earned a $226 million payday final 12 months forward of the layoffs — with one inner meme evaluating the boss to the “Shrek” villain Lord Farquaad.