Google delays return to office AGAIN amid latest COVID surge: Staff are now told they’ll now be working from home until January despite vaccine mandate
Google is once again postponing a return to the office for most workers until mid-January, in addition to requiring all employees to be vaccinated once its sprawling campuses are fully reopened.
CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Tuesday that Google is delaying its global return to offices until at least January 10, after pushing the planned September return back to October.
Pichai said that starting in January the company will let countries and locations determine when to end voluntary work-from-home policies ‘based on local conditions, which vary greatly across our offices.’
He also promised a 30-day heads up before workers are expected back in the office.
CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Tuesday that Google is delaying its global return to offices until at least January 10, the second pushback in recent weeks
Google also promised a 30-day heads up before workers are expected back in the office
The highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is driving a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, leading companies to delay or scrap return-to-office plans after nearly two years of people working from home.
This is the second time in little over a month that Google has delayed return plans – the last time was in late July, when it also announced its vaccine mandate.
Google, which is headquartered in Mountain View, Kalifornië, het meer as 130,000 employees worldwide.
In the last few weeks, companies including Facebook, Amazon and Lyft delayed their return-to-office timelines to 2022 for U.S. workers due to the pandemic.
Google was one of the first companies to ask its employees to work from home due to the health crisis, but has been among the most eager to force them back into the office.
Oor die somer, Apple and Google announced ‘hybrid’ work plans that would force all employees to return to the office for at least part of the work week, drawing ire from their employees.
‘Over the last year we often felt not just unheard, but at times actively ignored,’ the Apple employees wrote in a letter to CEO Tim Cook.
Google backtracked from the plan and said that up to 20 percent of workers will be allowed to work from home permanently.
Apple still plans to have employees come to the office three days a week, but the original return date of September has been delayed until 2022.
The iPhone maker also told staff it would confirm the re-opening timeline one month before employees are required to return to the office.
Twitter, aan die ander kant, has announced that remote working will continue forever for essentially any employee who prefers it.