Google is accelerating plans to return to face-to-face work in the United States, which was previously scheduled for September 1, 2021. The offices will reopen with limited capacity in April.
According to an email sent by Google’s personnel director, Fiona Cicconi, the reopening of offices will vary in each state, based on the number of covid-19 cases in each area.
“Offices will begin to open in limited capacity based on specific criteria that include increases in vaccine availability and decreasing trends in covid-19 cases,” he wrote. “We advise you to get a vaccine, although it is not mandatory to have it for Googlers to return to the office.”
Until September, face-to-face work will be optional. If employees want to continue working remotely after September 1, they will need to apply for up to 12 months in “most exceptional circumstances”. However, the company could call employees back to the office at any time.
Google is preparing for a broad reopening in September, when employees are expected to appear in person 3 days a week.
The company’s approach is different from other big techs, like Facebook and Twitter, which have promised to allow most remote work indefinitely.
“It’s been a year since many of us have worked at home, and the idea of going back to the office can inspire different emotions,” said Cicconi. “In the United States, the situation is also mixed and we must remain vigilant to avoid a new wave of the virus. We are also seeing some promising improvements in parts of the country. I am happy to say that next month we are likely to start welcoming Googlers back to some of our offices in the United States on a voluntary basis. ”
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