Google to extend its coronavirus work-from-home order to summer 2021

Jul 27, 2020

Because the COVID-19 virus is not going away anytime soon, Google, like many companies, has extended its work from home policy until July 2021, according to CNBC. This policy applies to employee roles that don’t need to be in the office. For those that do need to enter an office building, touchless technology like Safe Site Check In provides a way for employees and visitors to safely check in and know they’re surrounded by colleagues that don’t show symptoms of COVID-19.

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Google extends its coronavirus work-from-home order to summer 2021

Published July 27, 2020 by Jessica Bursztynsky

KEY POINTS

  • Google will extend its work from home order until summer 2021.
  • “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 said.

Google said Monday that it will extend its coronavirus work-from-home order to through June 2021.

“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 said in an email to employees. Google, a unit of Alphabet, had originally said employees should expect to return to the office in January 2021.

The change will affect “nearly all” of Google’s 200,000 employees, including contractors and full-time workers, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.

Most tech companies have announced that the bulk of employees can work from home until the end of 2020, or haven’t finalized a timeline. Amazon and Apple have asked that workers return in JanuaryTwitter has allowed employees to work from home “forever” if they wish.

Facebook, like Google, is taking a more long-term approach to how and when employees return to work. In May, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will start allowing many of its 50,000 employees to begin working from home on a permanent basis. Within the next five to 10 years, Zuckerberg said he expects about 50% of Facebook’s workforce to work remotely.

As of Monday, the United States has reported more than 4.2 million coronavirus cases, with at least 146,900 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.