The tech industry’s two biggest internet companies have told employees to settle into home-office routines through the end of the year amid the COVID-19 crisis. Both Google and Facebook this week said they will let most employees work from home through the end of 2020, while they also set timelines for gradually reopening corporate offices.
The tech giants have announced plans to reopen their offices soon but are allowing more home working flexibility.
Google Work From Home Policy
Google originally said it would keep its work from home policy until 1 June but is extending it for seven more months.
Facebook Extend Work From Home Policy
Facebook said it would reopen its offices on 6 July as coronavirus lockdowns are gradually lifted.
But the majority of employees who can carry out their jobs from home will be able to do so until the end of the year, Mr. Pichai added.
The announcement coincides with Facebook’s as more companies start rolling out their back-to-work strategies.
About 77% of Americans who normally work in an office environment are working at home, according to a survey conducted on April 17-22 by staffing firm Robert Half International. Of those, 60% said their work/life balance has improved without a commute and 79% want employers to let them work from home more frequently in the future. On returning to regular work routines, 59% said they will reconsider attending in-person business events and 56% agreed that they worry about “being in close proximity” to others in the office.