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Google employees reportedly making a fuss over RTO crackdown

Fed up Google employees are reportedly venting their frustrations with the company’s plans. Strictly enforce return-to-office requirements — Enforcement, including tracking employee badge swipes.

Google’s internal forum, Memegen, has been inundated with posts urging people to return to the office, with some employees complaining that they are being “treated like schoolchildren.” CNBC reportedciting reviews of the post and conversations with staff.

The latest backlash came after Google’s head of human resources Fiona Cicconi last week sent a memo to employees notifying them that the company was cracking down on employees who circumvented their attendance obligations.

Most employees are required to be in the office three days a week.

Cicconi said managers will be looking at data about employee badge swipes, and warned that poor attendance records would be reflected in individual performance reviews.

In addition, the team will send reminders to employees who are “constantly absent from the office,” and permanent remote work will only be approved “exceptionally” for prospective employers.

According to CNBC, one of the highest-rated memes on the platform said, “Check out my work, not my badge.”


Google has cut some of its famous office perks.
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In another widely shared post, Fiona Cicconi, head of human resources at Google, stands in front of a chalkboard with the message, ‘If you can’t come to the office today, your parents should file an absence form.’ image was posted.

Elsewhere, a YouTube staffer reportedly mocked his boss for virtually attending an all-hands meeting last Friday outlining the company’s latest return-to-office plans.

One meme shared on an internal forum featured an image of “The Big Bang Theory” character Leonard Hofstadter and “What are you looking at? Haven’t you seen a hypocrite?” according to CNBC.


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Google employees protested in February over the company’s layoffs.
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Google spokesman Ryan Lamont told the media that employee badge swipe data is “aggregated” for managers, rather than detailed in separate reports for each employee in the field. said.

“Now that we have fully transitioned to a hybrid work week, company leaders will be able to see reports showing how their teams are embracing the hybrid work model,” Lamont said in a statement.

The Post has requested comments.


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Google employees are required to be on-site at least three days a week.
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Tensions within Google have increased as the company’s return-to-office policy has tightened. Google is in the midst of cutting costs as CEO Sundar Pichai seeks to refocus his business on advancing advanced artificial intelligence.

during February Google employees protest After the company cut 12,000 jobs, or about 6% of its workforce, it took similar steps in New York City and California.

This layoff was the most significant in the company’s history.

Following the layoffs, Google cut some of its vaunted office perks, such as internal “microkitchens.” Complimentary food and snacks were available.

Most recently, Google employees used an internal meme to outrage after Pichai warned of a $226 million payday last year ahead of layoffs. Compare Boss to Lord Farquaad, the villain from “Shrek.”

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