Google is reporting planning to allow employees to work remotely till at least July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai decided this after consulting with top executives. Google has made it optional for employees to return to office after rethinking its plans to reopen some offices on July 6.
Google said in late May it would reopen buildings in more cities at roughly 10% of their capacity beginning July 6 and scale it up to 30% in September, if conditions permitted. However, it seems Google is rethinking this strategy given the current condition and will continue with remote working protocols till next July.
“Google is the first major U.S. corporation to formalise such an extended timetable in the face of the coronavirus pandemic,” the report said.
Meanwhile, according to a report by CNBC, Amazon has confirmed that it won’t be calling back employees till January 8. “We continue to prioritise the health of our employees and follow local government guidance,” an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC. “Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until January 8.”
It’s not clear how many employees will get affected by this. However, as per CNBC, this is part of the global guidance policy, so it means for Amazon employees all over the world.
Amazon isn’t the only company to have extended the work from home policy. Even though Apple hasn’t officially confirmed or denied, a Bloomberg report suggested that the company doesn’t expect offices to be reopened before the end of the year.