Google does not have enough Laptops for its employees working at home
Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware.
However, recently it was found that Google’s new hires are lacking the needed equipment for work from home. Google recently told its employees that hardware including computers, laptops, and smartphones are in limited supply.
Google also canceled all the upgrades of the equipment that were supposed to beupgraded, A spokesperson said that equipment provisioning for new hires is now back on track, but acknowledged that the process of onboarding new employees has been slower since the company asked everyone to work from home starting in March.
Around 4,000 new employees have been added this year so far, said Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai in an internal memo last month. Employees said the documents describing equipment shortages were available on internal message boards as recently as early May.
“Remote onboarding is not a scalable process and essential equipment is not readily available in many locations,” one document read. “We’re doing our best to get as many laptops as we can, but it’s not currently possible to equip everyone with a laptop.”
“This is due to our major suppliers experiencing manufacturing shortages,” the document read.
“We’re slowing our pace of hiring and investment, and are not bringing on as many new starters as we’d planned at the beginning of the year. We’re continuing to invest in a number of strategic areas,” the spokesperson said.
The documents also said that that equipment for TVCs (temporary, vendor, and contract employees), which make up roughly half of its workforce, is even more “limited.” The company is prioritizing requests for “Nooglers” — new full-time hires — and those with broken, lost, or stolen equipment.
“We’re finding that our capacity to provide new temporary staff and vendors with essential equipment, such as laptops, as well as our ability to properly onboard them has been significantly reduced,” the document said.
However, the company will provide $300 (Rs. 23,000 approx) if full-time employees or interns need equipment, this also needs the approval of the manager, a separate forum entry stated.
“We’re trying very hard to help as many Googlers as possible in this uncertain time, and understand that because we’re moving so quickly, we may have missed some use cases,” it states in one section. “It’s not intentional.”
According to the memo sent by Pichai last week, the company is planning to re-open its offices by June, prioritizing those whose jobs require them to be in the office and those who need access to special equipment.
However, the memo also added that the employees having the equipment can work from home until the end of the year.
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