Google to keep employees working from home until July 2021

Andrew Cummings
September 18, 2020

The prolonged lockdown of Google's offices could influence other major employers to take similar precautions, given that the technology industry has been at the forefront of the shift to remote work that has been triggered by the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Most of Google's workforce probably will not return to the office before the summer of 2021, with the internet giant extending the option to work from home given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

It will impact the 4,400 staff working in Google's King's Cross, London, office, where employees earn an average of £234,000 per year.

Many school districts have said they won't open in time for the new academic year, leaving parents facing the prospect of managing their kids while also trying to work. "I hope this will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months".

Although there are now 42 reopened Google offices around the world, the company is obviously bracing itself for the expected long-lasting impact of the pandemic that continues to ravage the U.S.

In May, Twitter said that it would allow employees who wish to work remotely to do so "forever".

Alphabet Inc's Google will keep its employees home until at least next July, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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