Google employees can continue to work from home until July 2021.
This move has made it the first major tech company to extend its remote-work arrangement into next summer in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
This was revealed in an email to employees on Monday morning.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote:
“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.”
The announcement extends the company’s previous arrangement that workers would return to offices by January 2021.
the extension will affect “nearly all” of parent company Alphabet’s 200,000 employees, including contractors and full-time workers, across the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, and major offices in the U.S., U.K., India, Brazil and elsewhere.
Google was one of the first large companies to recommend employees work from home in early March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The company has previously said workers with special considerations, such as those taking care of family members, will be given more time to return when offices reopen.