: Google extends its return-to-office date to January 2022


Google workers won’t have go back to the office until next year, joining a growing number of Big Tech companies postponing reopening dates due to the surge of the coronavirus’ delta variant.

In an email to employees Tuesday, Alphabet


Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said the company’s voluntary return-to-office policy has been extended until Jan. 10, 2022.

“Beyond January 10, we will enable countries and locations to make determinations on when to end voluntary work-from-home based on local conditions, which vary greatly across our offices,” he wrote. “To make sure everyone has ample time to plan, you’ll have a 30-day heads-up before you’re expected back in the office.”

Google workers can still work from the office on a voluntary basis. The tech giant employs around 135,000 people.

Pichai also announced two more “reset days” — essentially bonus days off — to “rest and recharge,” Oct. 22 and Dec. 17.

“The road ahead may be a little longer and bumpier than we hoped, yet I remain optimistic that we will get through it together,” Pichai wrote.

Many tech companies had been targeting a September return to offices, but due to the upswing in COVID-19 cases, Apple Inc.
Facebook Inc.

and Inc.

have already announced that employees won’t be required to be back at the office until January.

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