Google has been among the most aggressive in keeping its employees out of the office during the pandemic, and it looks like it just extended the schedule yet again.
The Wall Street Journal, citing multiple sources, says that Google now intends to keep most of its 200,000 employees at home until at least July 2021.
“Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai made the decision himself last week after debate among Google Leads, an internal group of top executives that he chairs, according to a person familiar with the matter,” the publication reported. “A small number of Google staffers were notified later in the week, people familiar said.”
Google has apparently confirmed the news internally, at least.
“I know it hasn’t been easy,” Mr. Pichai wrote in a staff memo today. “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.”
To date, Google had planned to keep most employees working from home until January 2021. By comparison, Microsoft still intends to start bringing employees back to the office sometime this fall. One expects that will evolve as the pandemic continues, however.