Google, Facebook to Let Employees Work from Home Through 2020

Some Google offices will reopen in June, allowing 10pc to 15pc of workers to return, Pichai added.

Google has said most of its employees will work from home until next 2021 - the latest major firm to stick with social distancing measures until next year.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last month that because most Facebook employees are able to do their jobs remotely, the company felt "a responsibility to allow people who don't have this flexibility to access shared public resources first". Like many companies, Google has shifted nearly entirely to remote work, but CEO Sundar Pichai is reportedly planning for more employees to return to offices next month.

IT industry veteran Senapathy (Kris) Gopalakrishnan recently said more than one million information technology employees are expected to continue to work from home even after the coronavirus-inflicted lockdown situation returns to normalcy.IT services industry has actually managed to transition people to work from home during the "stay-at-home" period, he said. Now, the two companies have announced that they would let most of their employees work from home through 2020. Earlier, Google had told all the employees through email that it is not possible to come to office before June but now it has been made a decision to extend the work from home. Pichai also stated that about 5% of Alphabet's employees are working from offices right now, with some regions (like offices in the Asia Pacific region) operating at up to 30% capacity.

Just yesterday, Satya Nadella-led Microsoft has announced that it is giving its employees the option to work from home through October, according to a report by GeekWire.

Some employees are nervous about returning to work in the middle of a global pandemic.



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