Google this week launches its hybrid work schedule, and not all employees are thrilled about it.
The new workweek requires all Google employees to be in the office three days a week, with the other two days working remotely.
For some of the thousands of Google workers who moved to lower cost of living locales during the pandemic, that could mean a significant cut in pay.
In June, Google launched a tool for employees that showed how much less they’d be paid — anywhere from 5% to 25% — if they moved from somewhere like the Bay Area or New York City to a lower-cost location.
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Ed Zitron, the founder of public relations firm EZPR, said many employees were unhappy about the changes in pay, and that could have a negative impact on the tech giant.
"Google is going to see a massive amount of pushback," Zitron said. "Apple has seen the same thing, where employees have more power."
To enter offices, all Google workers will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If they are unvaccinated, they must work under company-approved restrictions, including masking and regular testing.
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Apple is planning a phased office reopening on April 11, and Twitter reopened its offices back in March. Twitter and a handful of other tech companies, including Slack, have said they will allow remote work indefinitely.