Google extends remote work option due to pandemic
California: Google on Tuesday extended the option for its employees to work from home into next year due to the pandemic.
Returning to Google, campuses will remain voluntary globally through January 10, with local offices given the discretion to decide when to require employees to return to their desks, according to Chief Executive Sundar Pichai.
“I’m happy to say that a large number of offices globally are already open for business, and we are welcoming back tens of thousands of Googlers voluntarily,” Pichai said.
“The road ahead maybe a little longer and bumpier than we hoped, yet I remain optimistic that we will get through it together,” he added.
Pichai promised Google workers 30 days’ notice before they would have to return to their offices, and announced they would be able to take off an extra day in October and December as reset days to rest and recharge.
“Google, Facebook, and other tech giants have delayed plans for workers to return to the campuses that were abandoned early in the pandemic to limit the spread of Covid-19,” said the chief executive.
He maintained that tech firms have also instituted vaccine and mask requirements to make offices safer as the Delta variant surges in the US and other countries.
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