Google is cracking down on its remote workers as the company strongly encourages its employees to adhere to a hybrid schedule or return to the office.

CNBC reports stated that Google’s head of human resources told their staff on Wednesday that they will add stringency to the hybrid work schedule by tracking office badges to see how often workers are coming into the office.

Google’s chief people officer, Fiona Cicconi sent out an email to employees on Wednesday as well, reasoning that “there’s just no substitute for coming together in person.”

Since the global pandemic, business owners and corporations have argued that working from home has created a disruption within the office culture, hindering employees from connecting in person and ultimately affecting a company’s full exploratory capabilities.

“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,” Cicconi’s email read. “Many of the products we unveiled at I/O and Google Marketing Live last month were conceived, developed and built by teams working side by side.”

As major layoffs continue to happen to Google employees, Cicconi warns remote workers who live close to Google headquarters to consider a hybrid schedule, so they remain “most connected to Google’s community.”

Within the United States, the company will periodically track whether employees are adhering to the office attendance policy using badge data, with executives aiming to transition the local requirements to other countries.

Going forward, Cicconi said, new fully remote work will only be granted “by exception only.”

In other words, it’s time for folks to brush up on their social skills and get their butts back in the office.

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