Google employees to work from home until July 2021

Daniel Fowler
July 28, 2020

According to reports by the Wall Street Journal, Google's parent company, Alphabet's CEO Sundar Pichai, made the announcement last week in a meeting with company executives. A small number of Google staffers were notified later in the week.

Google LLC will allow its employees around the world to work from home until July 2021, altering an earlier plan to resume office work from next January amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, United States media said Monday.

"I look forward to discussing this more with you in the coming weeks", Pichai wrote on Monday.

Google will extend homeworking until at least July 2021, offering employees the flexibility to maintain a balance between their work and family life in the face of coronavirus pandemic.

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While Snap has extended its work from home timeline from September to January, Amazon's corporate employees might go on working from home throughout 2020. The decision affects more than 123,000 employees on the payroll of Google and other Alphabet companies, as well as 80,000 contractors that normally work on the companies' campuses.

The move makes the tech giant the first major USA corporation to set such an extended timeline. In May, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he could see having half of Facebook's employees working from home within the next 5-10 years.

The pandemic has also prompted several other tech companies to inform their workers they won't have to return to work this year.

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