Alphabet and Google plan to keep their employees work from home until at least June 2021 amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement was issued on Monday to CBS MoneyWatch.
The technology giant has initially planned to open offices beginning January but the company’s new policymakers have now extended it to summers making it the first major U.S corporation to extend work from home timeline this far 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 am email to company’s employees.
This new policy is for roughly 200,000 full-time employers and contract workers who are employed at Google and Alphabet.
After Google’s lead, many other big companies are expected to follow including Amazon and Apple who initially spoke about brining workers to their offices in early January. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg however said in May that he expects half of Facebook employees to work remotely within a decade. Twitter has not even given a hint of a date to bring back its employees to their offices.