In an email to employees today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said: that while “we welcome tens of thousands of Googlers on a voluntary basis,” the company will extend its voluntary return to work policy until at least January 10, 2022. After that date, the current plan is to allow countries and locations to make mandatory decisions about return to work. work, depending on local conditions.
The most recent plan shared publicly would have pushed Google employees back to the office sometime in September, but that won’t happen. Whenever his offices expect employees to attend in person, Pichai reiterated that there would be a 30-day heads-up first.
The letter didn’t directly quote the Delta variant, but waves of contagion have once again confused the plans of several big tech companies as they consider when and how to get employees back into the office. In May, Pichai outlined a new hybrid schedule of three in-office days a week, but it will be several months before that comes into play for many of Google’s employees.