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Google expands work from home option due to covid pandemic

By AFP

San Francisco: Google on Tuesday extended the option of working from home for its employees to next year due to the pandemic.

According to Chief Executive Sundar Pichai, returning to Google campuses will be voluntary globally until January 10, giving local offices the discretion to decide when to return employees to their desks.

“I am pleased to say that a large number of offices globally are already open for business, and we are welcoming thousands of Googlers on a voluntary basis,” Pichai said.

“The road ahead may be a little longer and bumpier than we expected, yet I am optimistic that we will overcome it together.”

They promised Google employees 30 days’ notice before returning to their offices, and announced they would be able to take an extra day off in October and December as “Reset Day” to “relax and recharge”.

Google, Facebook and other tech giants have delayed plans for workers to return to campuses that were abandoned early in the pandemic in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Tech firms have also established vaccine and mask requirements to make offices safer as the Delta variant surges in the US and other countries.

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