The work-from-home setup of Google employees has been extended until July next year, amending the original plan to have regular work back by January 2021. Google is the first company so far to do so, in light of the ongoing pandemic.
After discussion with top company executives, CEO Sundar Pichai sent a mass email to all workers: “To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office.”
Reports have said that also majority of the parent company Alphabet’s employees all over the US, and the offices in the UK, India, Brazil, among others, will also be affected by the extension.
42 offices all over the globe has opened again, especially in recovering countries and those that weren’t affected much by the outbreak like Australia, Greece, and Thailand.
Google became one of the companies to initiate the work from home arrangement for their employees in March as a measure to contain the spread of the virus. The company has also made exemptions and considerations for employees with special situations. But the CEO does not intend for the current working setup to become permanent, as there are many more hardware jobs to be done that is not possible in a remote setting. With this, physical offices will still remain. The company does not plan on going entirely remote.
Twitter, on the other hand, has given their employees the option for a remote work setting permanently, regardless if the pandemic has come to an end. Facebook followed suit not long after, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg declaring that qualified employees can opt for said setting.
Amazon and Apple, among other companies, did not offer the same extension and still holds to the initial arrangement of having workers return to offices by January 2021.