Remote working has proven to be popular throughout the pandemic, with employees citing that it has helped to improve work/life balance, while also allowing them to save more thanks to the lack of a commute.

 

But with more lockdown restrictions set to ease next month – Boris Johnson has delayed his original date of June 21 to July 19 at least when more restrictions may lift – it seems employees are still reluctant to return to the workplace.

 

In fact, a study by Harvard Business School revealed earlier this year that 81% of people who have been working from home during the crisis either do not want to go back or would prefer a hybrid model.

 

While this may be the case, some employers have started to question whether employees working remotely should be guaranteed the same salaries as those commuting into work.

 

One such employer is Google. The tech giant has rolled out a tool that will show employees how their pay may change if they choose to move offices.

 

According to Cnet, the firm shared that it will determine salary by region, meaning employees choosing to leave expensive US cities such as San Francisco may see pay decreases.

 

The software known as the Work Location Tool will show staff members based in the US estimates of how their salaries might change depending on location.

 

A Google spokesperson said in a statement: “With our new hybrid workplace, more employees are considering where they live and how they work.

 

“To better equip people with the information they need to explore their options, we’ve built a tool that will allow all employees to request to move to a new location, or go remote.”

 

The spokesperson added that the company will pay employees at the top of the local market, and equity won’t decrease for transferring US staff.

 

With the likes of Apple now informing workers that they must return to the office three days a week from September, could a tool like Google’s be more commonplace, particularly as employees push back on employer demand to see staff return?