The search giant, Google confirmed on Monday that it will keep its 200,000 employees working from home until July 2021 at least. Other technical giants have also announced some plans to extend work from home for their employees due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Google would be the first organization to extend work from home until the middle of 2021.
According to a news daily, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google parent Company called a meeting with the top executives of the company last week. He sent an email to all its employees on Monday in which he announced the plan of extending the remote working. In the email, he wrote: “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.”
Earlier Google had made some plans to resume working in some of its offices globally from July 6th with a smaller number of employees, however, later on, it made the returning of employees to physical offices voluntary. This decision was made by CEO Sundar Pichai to offer Google employees the flexibility they need to manage their work-life and take care of their families over the next year.
The decision of Google to allow its 200,000 employees to work remotely until next year will put pressure on other tech giants who are planning to reopen offices in the coming few months. Meanwhile, Twitter also made an announcement recently to allow its employees who opt for the option, to work remotely indefinitely.