Google to start reopening offices, targets 30% capacity in September

Darnell Taylor
May 30, 2020

On Tuesday, May 26, Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed plans for the company's own post-pandemic work strategy as it turns its attention to reopening its offices around the world.

Google has laid out its plans to begin reopening its office at various locations with a minimal 10 percent occupancy starting July 6.

In contrast with bold shifts to all-remote work from companies like Facebook and Twitter, Google's top executive eschewed sweeping statements about the future of its workforce in favor of encouraging employees who are interested in relocating to speak with their managers and to review guidelines around taxes and health coverage. The company will focus first on those who need to work out of the office and let others who want to do so in if space permits. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

Google may allow more employees to come to the office by September this year, until buildings reach about 30 percent capacity.

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Further, Pichai said that returning to work will be optional for the rest of the year.

According to a new announcement from CEO Sundar Pichai, the tech giant Google is giving its employees who are now working from home a $ 1,000 allowance to help cover equipment costs.

While it now plans for a relatively small number of its so-called Googlers to return to offices from July 6, Pichai wrote in an email to his employees that he expects that most will be largely working from home for the rest of 2020.

"Moving ahead, we are looking to develop more overall flexibility in how we work", he wrote. As for the question of who will be asked to return, that announcement will be made on June 10. At the same time, we are very familiar with distributed work, as we have many offices around the world and are open-minded about the lessons we will learn during this period. Except for some employees with roles that "are needed back in the office", returning to office is completely optional for this year. "We continue to study all the data and feedback you're sharing on your current experience". A limited amount of employees will work at a time.

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