Google’s Sundar Pichai says future of office is employee ‘on-sites’

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  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company is “reconfiguring” its offices amid a more permanent shift to working from home. 
  • Pichai discussed the future of work at Google during an interview for Time 100 this week. 
  • While he doesn’t see working in the office going away altogether, he described the office as a space for “on-sites” — presumably, days where employees, who mostly work from home, gather in the office. 
  • Pichai also said he made the decision to have employees work from home until next summer in order to boost productivity and give workers a sense of certainty during an uncertain time.
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Google’s famous offices may look a bit different for employees once it’s safe for them to begin returning to work. 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said this week that the company is making changes to its physical spaces to better support employees in the future — a future that Pichai says will include “hybrid models” of work. 

“I see the future as definitely being more flexible,” Pichai said during a video interview for Time 100. Pichai was an honoree on this year’s list of the most influential people in the world. 

“We firmly believe that in-person, being together, having that sense of community, is super important for whenever you have to solve hard problems, you have to create something new. So we don’t see that changing, so we don’t think the future is just 100% remote or something,” he said. 

Pichai said that Google is “reconfiguring” its office spaces to accommodate what he called “on-sites” — presumably, days where employees, who mostly work from home, gather in the office. 

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Google was one of the first major tech companies to announce that employees may continue working from home until July