Google delays return to power until January

Google delays return to power until January

Alphabet Inc CEO Sundar Pichai wears a face mask as he attends a meeting with US President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday August 25, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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Google is delaying its voluntary return to power on January 10, CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post on Tuesday.

The news marks Google’s third delay in Office returns and comes as several tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Apple, cancel Office plans amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta version of the Covid-19 virus. .

Pichai said the extension would give workers more flexibility. After January 10, the company will allow various countries and locations with at least 30 days’ notice to decide when to end voluntary home work terms. Google has continuously adjusted its COVID workplace policies based on advice from government health experts in various geographies.

Pichai said: “The road ahead may be a little longer and more difficult than expected, but I am optimistic that we will cross it together.”

Last December, Google postponed its return to its offices until September 1, after which employees are expected to work in person at least three days a week.

In July, Pichai announced a second postponement to October 18 and said returning workers would need vaccines.

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