Google just announced today that the company will be mandating all its employees to be vaccinated. This is a requirement in order for them to return to work on campus. Additionally, the tech giant also extends voluntary work from home policy until October 18. Read on to know more details about this announcement.
There have been numerous reports indicating companies responding to the threat of the COVID: Delta Variant. According to Harvard Business Review, cases in the United States increase dramatically as the new variant exists. This new variant, Delta Variant of COVID-19 is a highly contagious increasing threat and risks to everyone. This is in spite of the increasing vaccination rates with certain communities. And one good thing that happened within the pandemic is companies such as Google and Facebook finding more ways to protect their employees. Companies continue to be creative and adaptive in this situation therefore providing options.
Google’s Vaccinated and Updated WFH Plans
Earlier today, an update from the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai states that they will be updating their company policies. The announcement is part of an email sent to Google employees this morning. The post emphasizes that the tech giant continually finds ways to prioritize the well being of the whole Google community. It includes action such as allowing work-from-home set up from March 2020 and provides access to vaccines as soon as it is available.
Due to a high vaccination rate within the employees and staff, Google was able to allow some of its employees to return to office. However, there are still risks and health threats existing therefore company updated their policy with the following announcements:
First, the company is now requiring employees to have ‘vaccinated’ status to allow them to return to office. The update will take effect in the coming weeks in the US offices, and will also expand to other regions.
Additionally, Google is extending their global WFH policy until 18th of October. This is from an initial plan of reopening offices for employees in mid-September. Even though the company started to reopen some of its offices, it emphasizes that an employee has the option to work from home if deemed necessary. The company recognizes that safety precautions and increasing rates of cases due to the Delta variants are possible concerns. More so, Google states that this extension is including Expanded Carer’s Leave which assists employees that are parents or caregivers.
Several Tech Companies Updating Work Policy
Similar to Google, other companies are also recognizing the need for policy updates. Among those companies include social media giant Facebook which confirmed a similar policy to TechCrunch.
According to the report, Facebook will also be mandating its employees to be vaccinated for them to return to office work. However, there is a part of the statement from Facebook’s VP of People, Lori Goler that indicated “How we implement this policy will depend on local conditions and regulations.” This means that the policy still depends on certain conditions within an area. For instance, if certain communities do not have enough vaccines, the policy may not be applicable.
Moreover, Amazon also states that “We strongly encourage Amazon employees and contractors to be vaccinated as soon as COVID-19 vaccines are available to them.” The mandatory vaccinated status is not yet included in their guidelines but Amazon requires wearing of masks.