Most of Google’s 200,000 employees will stay home till July 2021

Daniel Fowler
September 18, 2020

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.

It is the longest time frame for a full office re-opening laid out by any company of its size.

The new date puts Alphabet firmly in the more cautious category of firms weighing up the efficacy of remote work amid a surge in new Covid-19 cases with the safety of employees and efforts to reopen the U.S. economy.

In its own blog post about employees working from home, Twitter said: "When we do decide to open offices, it also won't be a snap back to the way it was before". The company is known for its perks, including three meals a day, and was awarded "the best to work for" in the United Kingdom by jobs website Glassdoor in 2019.

Several tech firms have said they expect to reopen their offices gradually in the coming months.

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It also makes Google the first major United States company to announce such an extended timetable in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

A company spokesperson says it announced the extension of its global voluntary work-from-home option to give employees the ability to plan ahead.

Until this news broke, Googlers had been braced for a January return to the office.

Businesses in the United Kingdom have expressed frustration with the Government about guidance on when office workers should be returning, amid concerns that the absence of white-collar workers in city centres may be stalling the economic recovery.

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