Google tells its employees they won’t be returning to the company office until at least June 1 and will use a phased approach when it finally brings workers back
- CEO Sundar Pichai wrote an email to all staff announcing that the company’s offices would remain closed until at least June 1
- He said when the tech giant reopens it will be “phased”
- Pichai said the company will also work with employees who have special health or family needs that may prevent them from returning even after offices open.
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Google has told its employees that the company’s offices will remain closed until at least June 1 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In an email sent to full-time employees at the company, CEO Sundar Pichai said Google would likely use a “phased” approach when it finally reopens its offices, but company management still hasn’t. no exact date set for any location.
The update comes after six counties neighboring Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Announced extensions to their shelters in place of orders through the end of May.
Google says it will keep the majority of its 103,000 employees telecommuting until at least June 1, and when it starts opening offices, it will be a phased process that will take place over several months.
“Not everyone on a site will go back at the same time,” Pichai wrote in the email according to a CNBC report.
“There will be no one-size-fits-all approach and the specific advice will vary from place to place.”
Pichai has promised that when the company begins to reopen its offices, it will provide special assurances to workers who for many are unwilling or unable to return to the offices safely.
“I know the prospect of returning to the office will produce different emotions for everyone,” Pichai wrote.
“Some of us will be eager to return to our familiar workspaces and see our colleagues. For others, leaving loved ones and the refuge of our homes can cause anxiety.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai also thanked the small group of Google employees who continued to visit its offices to keep servers and other critical infrastructure at the heart of the company’s business.
While some Google employees in some of its Asia-Pacific offices have been allowed to return to work, Pichai demanded that “anyone with a recommended or mandatory work-from-home status should assume that this will continue at least until at least. on June 1, 2020. ‘
Pichai also expressed his gratitude to the small group of Google employees who were allowed to continue entering the company’s offices and data centers to perform vital maintenance and monitoring of basic tools and equipment. enterprise data infrastructure.
“For those of you who are currently working on site to provide services essential to the proper functioning of our products, offices and data centers, thank you! ” he said.
“Your work has enabled us to help millions of others. I am grateful for all that our global teams are doing to carry out our mission under these difficult circumstances. ‘
The company has 103,000 employees in more than 70 offices in 50 countries around the world.
Office closures of technology companies: how many are affected?
Microsoft: The company asked its employees at its San Francisco Bay and Seattle offices to work from home if they could.
The Seattle campus has 54,000 employees, but it is not known how many are in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Microsoft has more than 80,000 employees across the country.
Facebook: They said employees at its San Francisco Bay office to stay home on Friday and cancel all business trips due to the virus.
Facebook already announced last Wednesday that it was closing its Seattle office until at least March 9 after an entrepreneur found out he had contracted the virus.
Both offices have an estimate 17,000 employees.
Apple: Recommended for all 12,000 employees at its head office in Cupertino to work from home
Amazon: The company gave more than 50,000 employees in the Washington state area are given the green light to work remotely after one of its headquarters employees tested positive for the coronavirus.
Google: The tech giant has urged all of its 100,000 employees in 11 offices in the United States and Canada to work from home if they can.