Google CEO Delays Office Return to Next September, But Axes Idea of Permanent Remote Work

Google is delaying employees’ return to offices to September 1, and will expect employees to report to work in-person for at least three days a week thereafter, according to an email from CEO Sundar Pichai.

The email, which was viewed by CNBC and previously reported by The New York Times, included a link to a FAQ that detailed further expectations for office returns, including that it expects workers to “live within commuting distance” of offices.

“When we closed most of our offices back in March, we didn’t know what course the pandemic would take,” Pichai said in the email to employees Sunday night. “We’ve adapted. We’ve kept innovating. And with new vaccines on the horizon, thanks to the incredible ingenuity of our medical and scientific community, a return to normal is now in sight.”

Pichai’s note represents a delay in office returns and Google’s most detailed plan yet on returning its workforce of more than 130,000-plus employees amid the ongoing pandemic. It wasn’t immediately clear how much of the new plans apply to Google’s contractors or Alphabet’s other companies. Read more…..


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ServiceNow Chief Executive Bill McDermott said on “Squawk on the Street” that he is hearing business leaders are preparing for employees to work remotely through next year given the challenges of rolling out a vaccine for Covid-19.

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