The novel coronavirus pandemic has forced many companies worldwide to work-from-home. Now, Google has globally extended its work-from-home facility to employees which is expected to be up till July 2021. This makes the US tech company the first to issue such a provision to its workforce.
Over 2,00,000 full-time and contract workers across Google and parent company Alphabet Inc. will be affected by the decision, reported the Wall Street Journal.
The work order was issued on Monday by Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
“To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021, for roles that don’t need to be in the office. 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,” said Pichai in an emailed statement to the employees.
The extended remote work facility which, Pichai decided himself, is likely to affect other companies owned by Alphabet Inc.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic had fatally affected the world, Google had asked its employees to work-from-home. However, it had plans to let a certain number of employees come back to its California headquarters and other offices by June or July. But, it was postponed to January. Now, this latest announcement comes in the light of increasing COVID-19 cases across the United States.
The extended provision is expected to reduce the exposure to the virus and make it easier for workers with children to cope with uncertain school reopening. It will also help those employees who wish to sign one-year leases if they want to rent a home while working outside the office.
The decision has put considerable pressure on other tech companies which are planning a reopening in the coming months. Earlier, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey allowed the provision of permanent work-from-home for the employees.