That initial memo also stipulated for employees whose "roles allow" to consider staying home-essentially changing what had been a voluntary option to a recommended one for all North American offices.
The extended timeline applies to company employees in most of its major offices, including the headquarters of Mountain View, California and other offices in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Brazil and elsewhere.
"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", Pichai wrote. Google had originally said employees should expect to return to the office in January 2021. Chief executive Sundar Pichai arrived at the decision last week after the national debate over whether schools should welcome students back in classrooms in the fall, the Journal reported. Pichai made a decision to adopt the extended work-from-home guidelines in large part because of the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming school year.
Google has about 200,000 full-time and contract employees, and nearly all of them will be covered by the remote work extension. Amazon and Snapchat have already said employees can stay home through the end of the year.
Twitter Inc., on the other hand, has said it will allow employees to work from home permanently if they like.