Google allows employees to work from home until the end of the year, but laptops aren’t enough.

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) — Google said last week it would allow most employees to work from home until the end of the year to prevent the spread of the new corona virus. But now the company has found that there aren’t enough laptops for new hires to use when they work from home. According to internal Google documents seen by CNBC, the company recently told employees that hardware supplies, including computers, laptops and mobile phones, were limited and that it had canceled all ongoing laptop upgrades.

Google allows employees to work from home until the end of the year, but laptops aren't enough.

A Google spokesman said the device for new hires was now back on track, but acknowledged that the process of hiring new employees had been slow because the company required everyone to start working from home in March.

This complexity illustrates a problem that large companies have to face when letting their employees work from home. Last month, Sundar Pichai, ceo of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, said in an internal memo that the company had added 4,000 new employees so far this year, but had slowed hiring plans since the beginning of the year.

Employees at the company said documents describing equipment shortages were still visible on internal message boards in early May.

“Remote induction is not a scalable process, and in many places it is not easy to obtain the necessary equipment,” one document reads. We’re doing our best to get as many laptops as possible, but it’s not possible to equip everyone with a laptop right now. “This is because our major suppliers are experiencing manufacturing shortages. “

A Google spokesman acknowledged that the onboarding process for remote employees was slower than in practice, but said the goal of new hires was being achieved. The spokesman also reiterated that recruitment had slowed.

The internal Google document also says THAT TVCS (temporary, supplier and contract employees) accounts for half of its workforce and that the supply of these devices is even more “limited”. The company is giving priority to the needs of “newbies” (new full-time employees) and those whose equipment is damaged, lost or stolen.