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Google CEO Sundar Pichai says 3 days in the office and 2 at home is a good 'balance' between in-person collaboration and time off from the commute

Pichai told the WSJ that Google parent Alphabet was "roughly planning on a three/two model" for hybrid work and that it could be a permanent change.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that working three days a week in the office and two days remotely gives employees a nice "balance" between the time at home and time with their colleagues. 

He said:

“Even in places like New York and San Francisco our employees dealt with long commutes and that was a real issue. And so I do think people get a better balance in a three/two model.” 

“There has to be a dialogue of respect on both sides, I think, but I think CEOs need to embrace the fact that in the modern workplace, employees want to have a say in where they work,"

He also added that between 20% and 30% of Google's employees have already returned to the office, voluntarily. And in cities like New York, the number is around 50%. Pichai said that Google is looking to accommodate nearly 20% of its workforce to be fully remote over time. 

Do you think the 3-2 model of working creates a good balance for employees?