Google has announced that it is allowing its employees to work from home for a period of one year. This was confirmed by the CEO Sundar Pichai through an email to the company’s staff.
“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,” the CEO wrote.
Similar to other tech companies the move highlights the cautious methodology its taking towards getting operations back to normal, especially owing to the increase in the numbers of COVID-19 cases.
Earlier in May, the CEO outlined arrangements to enable a few staff to return to a number of offices this month, whilst ensuring COVID-19 measures and maintaining 10% capacity. Within that month Twitter announced that its workforce would be allowed to continue to work from home permanently.
Google hasn’t given an explanation on this extension, however the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout out the US has dampened hopes, with confirmed cases moving beyond 4 million this previous week. Experts have also found it difficult to forecast the flattening of the curve.
According to an article by Wall Street Journal’s the move was partially necessitated by worries from a section of its employees with children who are expected to take up home based learning through the upcoming school year.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook has noted the virus could highlight an everlasting change towards home based working, with almost half of the company’s staff working from home by 2030.