Fed-up Google staff are reportedly venting their frustrations concerning 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 concerning the return-to-office push, with some staff grumbling “they’re being handled like schoolchildren,” CNBC reported, citing a evaluation of the posts and conversations with staffers.
The newest backlash arose after Google HR boss Fiona Cicconi despatched out a memo final week informing staff that the corporate is cracking down on staff who skirt its workplace attendance requirement.
Most staff 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 information would present up on particular person efficiency opinions.
Additionally, groups will ship out reminders to staff “who’re persistently 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, in keeping with CNBC.
Another extensively shared put up featured a picture of Cicconi standing in entrance of a chalkboard that displayed the message, “If you can not attend the workplace right now, your mother and father ought to submit an absence request.”
Elsewhere, YouTube staffers reportedly mocked their bosses for just about attending an all-hands assembly final Friday through 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?,” in keeping with CNBC.
Google spokesperson Ryan Lamont instructed the outlet that worker badge swipe knowledge is “aggregated” for managers, relatively than detailed in particular person reviews for every onsite employee.
“Now that we’ve absolutely transitioned to the hybrid work week, firm leaders can see reviews displaying how their groups are adopting the hybrid work mannequin,” Lamont mentioned in a press release.
The Post has reached out for remark.
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 staff staged protests in New York City and California after the corporate slashed 12,000 staff, or about 6% of its workforce.
The layoffs have been essentially the most vital 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 not too long ago, 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.