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