'The ability to reconnect in person has been re-energizing for many of us, and will make us even more effective in the weeks and months ahead'
Some Google offices in different parts of the world have re-opened and are welcoming back workers – but the company has announced it is extending its global “voluntary return-to-office policy” through Jan. 10, 2022 to give workers flexibility and choice as they ramp back.
This comes shortly after a July 28 announcement by CEO Sundar Pichai that the global work-from-home policy would be extended to Oct. 18.
“The road ahead may be a little longer and bumpier than we hoped, yet I remain optimistic that we will get through it together,” he said in a recent blog ost. “It’s heartening to see Googlers starting to come back to more offices globally. The ability to reconnect in person has been re-energizing for many of us, and will make us even more effective in the weeks and months ahead.”
The change in plan follows similar announcements by Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Uber as the pandemic delays employer plans.
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After Jan. 10, Google will allow countries and offices in different locations to make determinations on when to end voluntary work-from-home based on local conditions. The company will give workers a 30-day notice before they are expected to be back in the office to give them ample time to plan their return, says Pichai.
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‘Rest and recharge’
Google is also giving its workers two global reset days on Oct. 22 and Dec. 17 to give them time “to rest and recharge,” says Pichai.
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Google also announced in July that all employees going to its U.S. offices must be vaccinated, and this policy would be rolled out to other regions in the coming months.
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