After extending the home office by the end of the year to the vast majority of its employees, and talking about a permanent home office scheme for the future, Google said it should start bringing some of its employees back to the office from the 6th of July.
The announcement was made by Google and Alphabet’s CEO Sundar Pichai in a post on the company’s blog. “We are taking slow, deliberate steps to begin re-opening offices in areas where they still remain largely closed. We’re also investing more in your work-from-home setup to make sure you have what you need to be productive and comfortable,”said Pichai.
He divided the timeframe for activities resumption in two phases:
July 6th: Assuming external conditions allow, Google will start to open more buildings in more cities. “This will give Googlers who need to come back to the office—or, capacity permitting, who want to come back—the opportunity to return on a limited, rotating basis (think: one day every couple of weeks, so roughly 10 percent building occupancy). We’ll have rigorous health and safety measures in place to ensure social distancing and sanitization guidelines are followed, so the office will look and feel different than when you left”, explained Pichai.
From September: (again, assuming conditions allow), we will further scale the rotation program, building over time to 30 percent capacity (which would mean most people who want to come in could do so on a limited basis, while still prioritizing those who need to come in).