ALL Google Employees to Work from Home for WHOLE EXTRA YEAR

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( The lockdowns imposed following the outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic have overwhelmingly hurt non-university-educated workers and people who aren’t lucky enough to work at the fancy campuses set up by the likes of Google.

We’ve seen that in the joblessness numbers, and now we’re seeing it in the way that companies like Google are shifting the way their employees work. While some people are required to be in the office, in a factory, or in a store by the nature of their work, Google employees will be working from home for a whole extra year. With no redundancies.

The Wall Street Journal reports this week that Google’s 200,000 employees will continue working as normal but from home, in a move designed to help parents who might not have access to childcare.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai released a statement saying he understands that it “hasn’t been easy” but that he hopes the decision “will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months.”

“We are still learning a lot from our experiences of working from home and will use that knowledge to inform our approach to the future of work at Google,” Pichai also said.

It suggests that Google has been perfectly capable of shifting operations away from their offices and campuses to a home-working structure, and could be the first domino in other big companies doing the same thing. In 2020, where people have access to computers and smartphones connected to high-speed Internet, is there really any need for businesses to be spending money on large office spaces and expecting their employees to commute every day?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shares the same vision as Google, but has taken it one step further. Zuckerberg recently said that almost half of his company’s staff will be expected to work from home within the next ten years.

The move exposes the huge divide in how people live and work today, and how the COVID lockdowns hurt working-class people more than it did professional middle and upper-middle-class workers.