Google to Let Employees Work from Home Until July 2021. Will Other Companies Follow?


Google to Let Employees Work from Home Until July 2021. Will Other Companies Follow?

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

We are halfway through 2020 and it looks like many of us will spend the rest of the year holed up inside our homes. Most workplaces are in no hurry to get employees back to the office. Setting an example is Google, which consistently tops the list of “Best Companies to Work For”. On Monday, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, informed employees that they could work from home until mid-2021.

“To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we’ll be extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office,” Sundar Pichai wrote in a memo to employees. “I hope this will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months.” He also said the company has reopened 42 offices around the world.

Google employees have been working remotely since March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They were expected to return to offices by January 2021 but have now extended the work-fr0m-home policy, as the virus continues to spread.

The move will affect 5,000 Google employees working in India. The company has a major presence in Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

Google’s decision could encourage other companies to follow suit. The tech industry has been quick to adapt to the new normal in this time of pandemic. Facebook and Twitter had earlier announced that some of its employees could continue working from home indefinitely.

The work-from-home policy is assuring but an extended deadline only means that no one is really sure when this pandemic will end.