Google has officially declared that it will take employee in-office attendance into account when evaluating their performance. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Sundar Pichai-led corporation will also send reminders to staff members who are absent, frequently urging  them to return.

Google revised its hybrid work policy, which called for employees to be physically present in the office at least three days a week, back in March. Chief People Officer Fiona Cicconi informed the entire firm in an email that only a small number of employees will have access to the complete work-from-home option. There's absolutely no substitute for being together in person, she said, explaining the rationale for the push for work from home policies.

In the email, Cicconi wrote, “We’ve heard from Googlers that those who spend at least three days a week in the office feel more connected to other Googlers, and that this effect is magnified when teammates work from the same location. Of course, not everyone believes in ‘magical hallway conversations,’ but there’s no question that working together in the same room makes a positive difference.”

She went on to say that a lot of the products that were recently unveiled at Google I/O 2023 were the result of in person work. Employees may not be needed to work from their offices in some circumstances which are exceptions, she continued. Considering the bad air quality in Canada brought on by the numerous wildfires.

A Google spokeswoman told WSJ that the company's hybrid approach combines the advantages of working from home for a portion of the week with the finest parts of having everyone present in person. They are formally integrating this method into all of their workplace policies now that they have been using it for more than a year.

Amazon is one of the major corporations encouraging workers to resume their jobs, in addition to Google. A recent strike by about 2,000 Amazon workers in opposition to work-from-home requirements, mass layoffs, and climate change.