Although Facebook and twitter have announced major updates to their policies to allow employees to work remotely, Google has not committed to any major changes in the focus of its workplace, foreign media CNET reported.Instead, the search giant is taking a more cautious approach,The company's chief executive, Sandal Pichai, told Wired. in an interview Friday
"How efficient are we when different teams that don't usually work together have to come together for brainstorming and creative processes?" Pichai said. "We will have research, research, learning from data, learning what works."
Previously Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg) said the social networking giant would allow some employees to work from home for a long time. He said that in the next 5 to 10 years, about half of Facebook employees may be working remotely. Twitter made a similar announcement last week. The company CEO Jack Dorsey (Jack Dorsey) earlier this week extended the policy to his other company, Mobile Payment Square.
The novel coronavirus has been reconsidered by the world's largest technology companies after the unprecedented closure of offices around the world. Mr Pichai had previously said that telecommuting would be used by most employees for the rest of 2020. Earlier this week, he said workers were likely to come in on a rotating basis, with offices operating at 20 or 30 per cent capacity by the end of the year.
Google is expanding its offices on a large scale, including its mountain view headquarters in California. The company is also investing in a large campus in San Jose, California, and a refurbished building in New York City. Mr Pichai said telecommuting would not affect the projects.
"In all the scenarios, I expect we need physical space to get people together, absolutely. We have a lot of growth plans in the future, "he said. "So, even if there are some plans to adjust, I don't think our existing footprint will become a problem."
Still, the new coronavirus blockade has had a broader impact on the company. Google's advertising business fell in the first quarter. The company warned that advertising in the second quarter was "very difficult.". In addition, Google has slowed its recruitment plans for the rest of the year, and reportedly cut its marketing budget by as much as half in the second half of 2020.
"We're slowing down hiring, but we're still hiring. That doesn't mean we don't seek efficiency, "Pichai told wired when asked about possible layoffs. "We are looking for areas where we can correct, where we can be more efficient and streamlined."