More Companies Extend Work From Home Through Next Summer

As Covid-19 continues to present an uncertain future ahead at companies nationwide, many have chosen to extend their work from home policies through next summer, according to The New York Times. Silicon Valley tech companies, including Google and Facebook, allowed their employees to work from home early on this year. However, since the pandemic has escalated, Facebook is making plans for permanent remote work, and Google has set July 2021 as its target date for workers to return to 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,” Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, wrote in an email to employees regarding the target date.

Google was one of the first major companies to make such an announcement. Uber, Slack, and Airbnb soon followed. Microsoft, Target, Ford Motor, and The New York Times have also recently announced they will postpone the return of in-person work in the office to next summer. DocuSign announced in August it will allow its 5,200 employees to work from home until next June.

Deutsche Bank employees also will not have to return to their Wall Street offices until July 2021, according to CNN. While executives say many of their employees enjoy remote work, others miss the social interaction of being in an office. Overall, it’s safety first.