After January 10, specific offices and countries will make decisions about return to workdays.
In an email to employees today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that even though “we are welcoming back tens of thousands of Google rs voluntarily,” the company will extend its voluntary return to work policy until at least January 10, 2022. The current plan is for countries and regions to make mandatory returns to work decisions based on local conditions.
The most recent plan shared publicly would’ve pushed Google employees back to the office at some point in September, but that won’t happen. Pichai stated that if its offices expect employees to be present in person, there will be a 30-day heads-up.
Although the letter did not directly mention the Delta variant, waves of infection have again disrupted plans of many Big Tech companies as they look at when and how to allow employees back into their offices. In May, Pichai outlined a new hybrid schedule of three in-office days per week, but it will be several months before that is in play for many of Google’s employees.