Report: Google Employees to Work from Home Until at Least Mid-2021

Posted on July 27, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Google with 8 Comments

Analysis: AI is How Google Wins

This is the man who will bury Apple.

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.

Join the discussion!


Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Become a Thurrott Premium or Basic User to participate

Comments (8)

8 responses to “Report: Google Employees to Work from Home Until at Least Mid-2021”

  1. jbinaz

    Seems premature at this point.

  2. lvthunder

    Google or any of it's employees will not be burring Apple in my lifetime. Why even caption the photo that?

    As for staying at home they should just make it official. After working from home for that long who's going to want to go back. especially with real estate prices in San Francisco.

  3. sevenacids

    The question is, Pandemic or not: why not establish the home office as the new normal and reduce on-site staff to the bare minimum required? If it works out, there is really no need to bring them back to the office. Or, let the people decide where they like to work from in the future.

    • Greg Green

      In reply to sevenacids:

      Some businesses are discovering that collaboration and cooperation are lacking in these new operations. Creativity, innovative thinking and problem solving are most affected.


      “Nicholas Bloom is widely known for his research showing the benefits of working from home. But in the current coronavirus crisis, the economist fears productivity will plummet.

      “We are home working alongside our kids, in unsuitable spaces, with no choice and no in-office days,” says Bloom, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). “This will create a productivity disaster for firms.”

      Many want the social interaction from the workspace, others want to get out of the house.

      From the Bloom study: Of the 1,000 Ctrip employees offered the choice to work from home, only 500 volunteered. The others wanted to remain in the office.

      After nine months...Half of them requested to return to the office, despite their average commute being 40 minutes each way.

      “The answer is social company,” Bloom says. “They reported feeling isolated, lonely and depressed at home. So, I fear an extended period of working from home will not only kill office productivity but is building a mental health crisis.”

  4. frank_costanza

    I hope in this new paradigm that companies will give full-time employees cash to setup a proper home office.

    Or maybe the ability to write-off our own home office expenses.

  5. kjb434

    TFW you realize how much money you save by not having an office the fed and provided endless amenities to several thousand employees.

Leave a Reply