Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc., wears a protective mask when meeting with United States President Joe Biden (not pictured) in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
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Google is postponing its voluntary return to the office until January 10, CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post on Tuesday.
The news marks Google’s third office return delay and comes as several tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, re-evaluate the return to office plans amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus.
Pichai said the expansion will give workers more flexibility. After January 10th, the company will allow various countries and locations to decide with at least 30 days’ notice when the voluntary home office conditions will end. Google has continuously adapted its Covid-related workplace guidelines to the recommendations of health experts in various countries.
“The road ahead may be a little longer and bumpier than we had hoped, but I am optimistic that we will get through it together,” said Pichai.
Last December, Google postponed its return to the offices until September 1, which requires employees to work in person for at least three days a week.
In July, Pichai announced a second delay until October 18, saying returning workers would need to be vaccinated.