Google has decided that most of its 200,000 employees and contractors should work from home by June next year. This is the company’s sober assessment of the pandemic’s potential staying power, providing the world’s most trusted Internet search engine The answer.
The remote work order issued by Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday also affected other companies under Google’s parent company Alphabet. This marks the six-month extension of Google’s previous plan, which is to close most of its offices for the rest of the year.
“I know this extended timetable may be full of mixed feelings, and I want to make sure I can take care of myself,” Pichai, who is also CEO of Alphabet, wrote in an email to employees.
Pichai’s decision was initially reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Given that the technology industry has been at the forefront of the shift to remote work triggered by the spread of the new coronavirus, the long closure of Google offices may affect other major employers to take similar precautions.
Even before the World Health Organization announced a pandemic on March 11, Google and many other well-known technology companies had been telling their employees to work from home.
Google initially planned to allow a large number of employees to return to the headquarters and other offices in Mountain View, California, starting in the summer. However, the continued spread of this pandemic prompted Google to postpone its reopening until January, and now it has caused another delay.
In addition to helping people avoid the virus, the new July 2021 target date for resetting Google offices should also make it easier for workers with children to adapt to school adjustments and not allow students to return to school in the next month and September. If employees decide to rent a house elsewhere while working outside the office, this will also make it easier for them to sign a one-year lease.
Pichai wrote: “I hope this will provide you with the flexibility you need to balance so that you can take care of yourself and your loved ones over the next 12 months.”
Pichai’s email pointed out that Google and Alphabet have been able to reopen some offices in 42 countries, although he did not specify.
But the new guidelines mean that by June 2021, Google’s largest office will remain unoccupied. This decision affects more than 123,000 employees paid by Google and other Alphabet companies, as well as 80,000 contractors who usually work on company campuses.
The pandemic has also prompted several other technology companies to notify their workers that they do not have to return to work this year. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took the most extreme measure to date, telling messaging service employees that they will never have to return to the office, and if they don’t want to, he also extended this proposal to payment processing He also ran for the employees who served Square.