Photo: Sandel pichaie, CEO of Google and its parent company alphabet
The move will affect about 200000 full-time and temporary employees at Google and its parent company alphabet, and will certainly put pressure on other technology giants after many companies announced that they would require most of their employees to return as soon as January next year.
According to people familiar with the matter, Mr. PI made the decision himself last week after discussions with the so-called Google leaders.. Googles leadership is an internal team made up of senior executives after Mr. pichaie is the chairman. A small number of Google employees could be notified as early as later this week, people familiar with the matter said.
I know that life is not easy right now, and I hope it will give you the flexibility you need to balance your work with taking care of yourself and your loved ones over the next 12 months, he said in an email
With the proliferation of new coronavirus infections and employers trying to balance employee safety and restart the economy, the new return date puts Google firmly in the cautious camp of supporting telecommuting. Other multinationals are eager to bring their employees back to work.
The extended work at home schedule applies to most of Googles office staff, including its mountain view headquarters in California, as well as in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Brazil and elsewhere. Previously, Google has always told employees to start returning to the office in January next year.
Silicon Valley technology companies asked employees to work from home early in March, and they have repeatedly delayed the time frame for returning to work. However, Googles move puts it ahead of many of its peers. Microsoft, for example, told employees in cities such as New York that they could be back in the office as soon as this fall. Salesforces telecommuting hours will expire at the end of this year. Apple reopened some of its retail stores, but then closed again.
Even before health officials announced that the new coronavirus had escalated into a global epidemic, Pichai had begun to understand its health and social impact. He began reading research papers on the new coronavirus in January and took the lead in making the initial decision to close the companys office in March.
Google has reopened smaller offices in less affected countries such as Australia, Greece and Thailand.
The following is the full text of Pichais email:
I thank you for all you have done in the past few months to achieve our mission and to help our users and each other, and I know its not easy.
Im glad that with the improvement of local conditions in many countries, weve made good progress in getting Google employees back to work. With the implementation of strong health and safety initiatives, we have opened offices in 42 countries and hope to reopen more if conditions permit.
In the rest of the world, we have not reopened more broadly. To enable employees to plan ahead of time, we will extend our global home volunteer option to June 30, 2021 for all employees who do not need to work in the office. I hope this will give you the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourself and your loved ones over the next 12 months.
This means that most Google employees can continue to work remotely from anywhere in your office country until June 2021. If you are currently living in a country other than your office, or are considering moving, please familiarize yourself with the FAQ and look forward to receiving a response from your local leadership and HR operations.
We are still learning a lot from working at home and will use this knowledge to guide our attitude towards Googles future work. I look forward to discussing this more with you in the coming weeks.
For now, go / coronavirus is still the best place for us to get real-time information about going back to the office and working from home, and go / cvmentalhealth has good resources. I know that delaying the return time can bring complex emotions, and I want to make sure you take care of yourself.
Thank you again for all you have done to support our users and each other. (small)
Source: Wang Fengzhi, editor in charge of Netease science and Technology Report_ NT2541