Google employees will not return to campus too soon. The tech giant has allowed from working from home for at least another year.
As mentioned by The Wall Street Journal, Google CEO Sundar Pichai had a conversation with other high-ranking officials last week. During the meeting, it was agreed that the home-policy work was scheduled to remain in effect until July 2021.
“I know it hasn’t been easy –– 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,” Pichai wrote in a note.
The expanded work-from-home scheme refers to most main departments of the search firm worldwide. These offices include its Mountain View, California headquarters, Brazil, India, and the UK.
Will it affect the operations?
Allowing employees to work at least 12 months from home could influence how Google handles operational processes. This could also force improvements in the company’s plan for growth.
Google, like other tech giants, depend on the in-house production of unique technology to retain the edge. The internet giant designs custom chips for its public cloud and builds sophisticated applications for automating functions. Now that most Google workers have been telecommuting for at least a year, the search giant has a more opportunity to improve their developing softwares to help their employees become more productive.
The work-from-home expansion may also result in additional capabilities for the collaboration tools Google provides. The tech company will have the potential over the next year to collect a vast amount of input from the 200,000 employees working from home on programs such as GSuite. That input may help influence potential product updates and add-ons to apps.
Did other tech giants do the same?
Every of the major tech companies agreed on various timescales on when workers would return to work. Google had waited for the staff to return in January before now. Amazon is preparing to hire employees in September. Facebook has gone in the other direction and started working from home a permanent decision for some employees. Facebook may do the same after initially expecting workers back in July, allowing for continuous work at home option. However, it had detrimental implications on salaries. As for Apple, the flagship outlets in reaction to fresh local outbreaks at each store site have closed, re-opened, and closed again.