‘Google’ and its parent company- ‘Alphabet,’ will permit its employees to continue working from home until July 2021. The chief executive officer of parent company Alphabet Inc, Sundar Pichai, unilaterally made this decision after discussing it with the internal group of top executives. He notified his employees by an email stating: “To give employees the ability to plan, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021, for roles that don’t need to be in the office. I hope this will offer the flexibility you need to balance work by taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months.”
Pichai empathised with the hurdles faced by working families, especially those with young children that require guidance with home-schooling. Continuing to work from home would help reduce some of these problems. This declaration would be roughly affecting 200,000 full-time and contractual employees of Google and Alphabet. It has made Google the largest tech firm to commit to such a timeline in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
This vital move by Google proffers a green signal for other companies that may have been waiting to decide whether or not to extend the work-from-home policies. Many other giant companies such as Twitter, Square and Facebook have also declared that they’d extend the work-from-home setup for the foreseeable future. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter said that he may even allow his employees to work remotely “forever.” Facebook, on the other hand, is expecting at least half of its employees to work remotely for the next five to ten years.