The new decade hasn’t gone off to a good start with the Australian bushfires and the coronavirus gracing us with its presence. The latter, however, has had an adverse effect on the whole world. As businesses were shut down, the employees were requested to work from home. Google has confirmed that it will allow its employees to continue working remotely till June next year.
An email was sent to the staff earlier today from Sundar Pichai addressing the matter. The email stated, “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.”
This move from Google is one of the more significant announcements from a company regarding the extension of remote work to date. Other tech companies have also moved forward their work from home policy to a later date, but none of them was as aggressive as Google this time. It was very much in an optimistic estimation that the COVID-19 pandemic would be over within a few months, but with the latest situation regarding the virus, the case seems unlikely.
In May, Google CEO announced that a small number of employees are offered to return to one of the various offices – making up 10% of the occupancy in the building, all while maintaining social distancing of course. The companies are looking forward to the end of this pandemic so that the working situation can get back to normal. However, they are also being flexible with the constant extension of working from home and adjusting their approach to remote work simultaneously.