Google delays return to office AGAIN amid latest COVID wave: staff are now told they will now work from home until January, despite vaccine mandate
- CEO Sundar Pichai told staff on Tuesday that remote working is being extended
- Google has been the most eager major tech company to have staff back in the office
- But Pichai acknowledged that the Delta wave will delay his plans until January
- He also promised that all staff would receive at least a 30-day warning to return
- Facebook has postponed employees’ return to the office until at least 2022
- Twitter allows all employees to work remotely forever if they want
Google is again delaying a return to the office for most employees until mid-January, in addition to requiring all employees to be vaccinated once the sprawling campuses are fully reopened.
CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post on Tuesday that Google is delaying its global return to offices until at least January 10, after pushing back its planned return from September to October.
Pichai said the company will let countries and locations determine when to end the voluntary work-from-home policy “based on local circumstances, which vary widely between our offices.”
He also promised a 30-day heads-up before the employees are expected back in the office.
CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post on Tuesday that Google is delaying its global return to offices until at least January 10, the second pushback in recent weeks.
Google also promised a 30-day heads-up before employees are expected back in the office
The highly contagious Delta strain of the coronavirus is driving a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, forcing companies to postpone or cancel their return-to-office plans after nearly two years of working from home.
This is the second time in just over a month that Google has postponed return plans — the last time being in late July, when it also announced its vaccine mandate.
Google, headquartered in Mountain View, California, has more than 130,000 employees worldwide.
In recent weeks, companies including Facebook, Amazon and Lyft have postponed their return-to-office timelines to 2022 for U.S. employees because of the pandemic.
Google was one of the first companies to ask its employees to work from home due to the health crisis, but was one of the most eager to force them back into the office.
Over the summer, Apple and Google announced “hybrid” work plans that would force all employees to return to the office for at least part of the work week, provoking the ire of their employees.
“Over the past year, we often felt not only unheard of, but sometimes actively ignored,” the Apple employees wrote in a letter to CEO Tim Cook.
Google backed out of the plan, saying that up to 20 percent of employees will be allowed to work from home permanently.
Apple still plans to allow employees to come to the office three days a week, but the original September return date has been pushed back to 2022.
The iPhone maker also told staff it would confirm the reopening timeline a month before employees are required to return to the office.
Twitter, on the other hand, announced that remote working will go on forever for essentially any employee who prefers it.