Google decided to let employees work from home until at least July 2021 amid coronavirus pandemic, a company spokesperson said on Monday. It is bracing for a long pandemic.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company has reopened 42 ofﬁces around the world. “To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we’ll be extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the ofﬁce,” Pichai wrote. The move will affect nearly all the 200,000 full time and contract employees across Google parent Alphabet Inc. Even before the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11, Google and many other prominent tech ﬁrms had been telling their employees to work from home.
The prolonged lockdown of Google’s ofﬁces could inﬂuence other major employers to take similar precautions.Twitter and Facebook also say they plan to allow some employees to continue working remotely indeﬁnitely. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has taken the most extreme step so far by telling the messaging service’s employees they will never have to return to the ofﬁce, if they do not want, an offer he is also extending to workers at Square, a payment processing service that he also runs.