Google to keep staff working from home until at least July 2021

Andrew Cummings
July 28, 2020

The decision to let employees work from home till next year also puts pressure on other tech firms that are planning to reopen global offices in the coming months. The decision was made last week by Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, Google's parent company, according to the report.

Google staff will be able to work from home until next summer, the technology giant has confirmed, as part of its ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Google had previously allowed its employees who wished to work remotely to do so through 2020.

"I look forward to discussing this more with you in the coming weeks", Pichai wrote on Monday.

"Google is the first major USA corporation to formalise such an extended timetable in the face of the coronavirus pandemic", the report said. Extending work-from-home procedures a year would allow employees to sign year-long leases to better provide the best educational services to their children, the report said.

The conservative move from Google could push its tech peers to follow suit.

Google has been among the most aggressive in keeping its employees out of the office during the pandemic, and it looks like it just extended the schedule yet again.

The new policy affects nearly all of the roughly 200,000 full-time and contract workers for Google and Alphabet's various divisions.

Most Google employees will have the option to not return to work from the company's more than 100 offices around the world until at least next summer as the COVID-19 pandemic rages in the USA and other countries.

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