Google has revealed that it will extend its remote working policy through to June 30, 2021 for the majority of the company’s 200,000 employees due to the ongoing pandemic.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, said this choice is to aid working parents with children’s school schedules as many will be attending classes virtually in the coming school year.
“To give employees the ability to plan ahead, 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,” said Pichai in an email to employees. “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 is one of many technology companies that have readily embraced remote working arrangements for the time being. For instance, Amazon extended its work-from-home policy through January 2021 and Facebook told workers they can work from home until the end of the year. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, also said he anticipates that half of Facebook’s workforce will work remotely by 2030. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also announced that employees that are not required to be in a physical office can work from home permanently.