Google Employees to Not Return to Office Until September 2021

Google employees will not have to return to its offices to work until next September because of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to The New York Times. There are also other changes in store for its employees as the company is looking at possibly offering a “flexible work week.”

“We are testing a hypothesis that a flexible work model will lead to greater productivity, collaboration, and well-being,” Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, wrote in an email to employees. “No company at our scale has ever created a fully hybrid work force model — though a few are starting to test it — so it will be interesting to try.”

Employees in regions that are considered to be at a lower risk for Covid-19 will have to work from Google’s offices for at least three days a week, according to CNBC. The other two days of the week they can work from home or another location they choose.

Google has been a trailblazer compared to other tech companies and was one of the first to allow employees to begin working from home last March. The company is also considering creating new designs at its offices in order to lower the risk of spreading Covid-19.

Outdoor areas that were once used for big gatherings and desks reserved for employees who want a quiet space away from home are also in the works. When employees return to work on September 1, 2021, Pichai said they will work from their “assigned” office and should live within commuting distance of it.