Undoubtedly, working from home has many advantages. After all, what better way to carry on with your usual routine than from the comfort of your own home, right?
While that might be the case, it’s usually not the same playing field for everyone in an organization like Google.
A new report sheds light on how Google’s work-from-home benefits differ dramatically from those of the company’s contractors. Additionally, another alarming feature worth considering is how the majority of the company’s workforce includes contractors instead of its regular employees. And that’s why there’s an outcry for change.
While we don’t know exactly what the relationship between contractors and employees is, considering the tech giant has never really shed light on its numbers in public, what we do know is c is that a new report highlights the mismatch for obvious reasons. the reasons.
Not only do contractors not get the same privileges as regular employees, but the same goes for remote work options. And in case they ask for such an option, they are boldly informed to start looking for jobs in other places.
But why this sudden desire for change? Why is the matter being considered now? Well, we have a recent report from Bloomberg on this, as the outlet came forward and highlighted the situation.
Additionally, we have members working for Google Maps in the Seattle area who have also raised concerns about this. And that’s because labor providers from the tech giant have now told contractors they must return to offices by June 6.
No consideration is given to their health or increased transportation costs. Amazingly, the report even talked about how a case was turned down involving a worker who had undergone four lung operations. He was afraid of contracting the COVID-19 infection. Yet he was denied any dispensation from working from home.
And to add to his misery, the human resources department informed him that if these working conditions were not working, then he should look for other job opportunities.
But this is only one of hundreds of cases. Many other entrepreneurs are airing their cases, while many have even united and started a petition to have their concerns adequately addressed.
Besides inflation, workers cited other obvious reasons like health care, travel and even increased childcare expenses. Some have even boldly confirmed that they will no longer be able to work in offices due to these costs.
Interestingly, some contractors pointed out that their policy mentions that when it’s time to return to the office, there is an option that talks about remote work, but has certain conditions. This includes how the option varies for different contractors depending on their tasks as well as the requirements of the client.
Google doesn’t seem to feel the heat from there alone. The Alphabet Union for Workers is also taking the situation into their own hands, demanding that the search engine giant improve contractor payments. They also hope he can take their cases more seriously.
But the problem is that Google doesn’t officially recognize such a union, so the real question at the end of it all is whether or not it can bring about change.
Remember that Google isn’t the only company pushing its employees back to the office. For months we’ve seen the firm postpone the hybrid model to work for quite a few months. We’ve been talking since last year.
Either way, there is definitely more flexibility given to employees who are also better at negotiations than others.
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