Google and its parent company, Alphabet, will keep their employees working from home until June 30, 2021, looking at the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the company said on Monday.
Google was previously planning to bring its employees back to the office by the first or second week of January 2021. But now they have postponed their plan of reopening offices because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. With this, Google has become the first tech corporation to extend its remote working policy into the middle of next year.
“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,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an email to employees.
As per the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, nearly all of the 200,000 Google employees, including both full-time and contractors, worldwide would see an extension of the option which had been set to end in January.
Pichai made the decision to establish a more specific time frame for remote working in part to give Google employees with families more certainty about how long they would be working from home, as many are struggling with inconsistent direction from school districts, the WSJ reported.
Other tech majors and large employers are expected to follow Google’s extended remote work policy to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Amazon and Apple have said they might bring back at least some workers to their offices in January.