“We were created for this moment”: the head of Google spoke about working in a pandemic

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Google and Alphabet have tried to transfer employees to remote work as quickly as possible, Sundar Pichai said. According to the CEO of both companies, they were created for the moment when people and institutions need their help.

When the spread of coronavirus exceeded all expectations, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai first of all thought about how to ensure the safety of employees and the role of the companies he leads in a pandemic. He spoke about this in an interview with Wired magazine.

According to Pichai, at first he studied with interest the emails from the offices of companies in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing, which were the first to adapt to work during the coronavirus. “But I would not say that in early February I could predict how everything will develop and affect people around the world,” Pichai said.

As soon as the situation began to change, the top manager thought about two things. “First, how do we ensure the safety of our employees? Therefore, we had to transfer the company to global work from home as soon as possible, ”Pichai explained. “Secondly, in a way, Google and Alphabet were created for this moment. We exist to provide people with information, to help them when help is needed, ”he added. Company executives realized that it was necessary to improve products and services, as well as help various communities and institutions, says Pichai.

Now Google is working with Apple to track contacts infected with coronavirus through mobile applications. According to Pichai, at first corporations began to work on this technology independently of each other. However, it quickly became clear that for effective operation, the service should be available on all devices regardless of the operating system. Therefore, Pichai decided to “exchange notes and talk directly” with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Earlier, Google management warned employees that the remote mode of operation is likely to be extended until the end of the year. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey allowed his employees to stay at work remotely at least “forever.” Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this week that in about five to ten years, about half of the company’s employees will work remotely.

“I don’t think we are going to get out of this and go back to where we were before it all started. Therefore, I expect that we will adapt, but it is too early to say how much, ”Pichai said in response to a question whether there will be such changes on Google.


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