Alphabet, the parent company of Google, will have nearly all of its 200,000 full-time and contract employees work from home until the summer of 2021 (via the Wall Street newspaper). CEO Sundar Pichai told staff he hopes the decision will provide “the flexibility you need to balance work and care for yourself and your loved ones over the next 12 months.”
Twelve more months of work from home for Google staff
The policy applies not only to US offices, including the Mountain View headquarters, but also to offices in the UK, India and Brazil, among others. In a note to staff, Mr. Pichai acknowledged that “it has not been easy” for the staff. “We are still learning a lot from our work from home experiences and we will use this knowledge to inform our approach to the future of work at Google.”
Alphabet’s approach contrasts with the timelines currently set by other big tech companies. Many are aiming for staff to return in January. Some Apple staff started returning in May. They are offered COVID-19 tests and temperature checks are mandatory.