Working from home costs for around 114,000 employees will be covered by Google as it confirms homeworking will likely continue until the end of 2020.
The CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, Sundar Pichair, announced in an email to the ‘Googlers’ – later shared in a blog post – that all Google employees will get an “allowance of $1,000 USD, or the equivalent value” to “expense necessary equipment and office furniture.”
Pichair also went on to say the offices of the global search giant will start to reopen from 6th July saying: “assuming external conditions allow, we’ll start to open more buildings in more cities. This will give Googlers who need to come back to the office—or, capacity permitting, who want to come back—the opportunity to return on a limited, rotating basis (think: one day every couple of weeks, so roughly 10 percent building occupancy). We’ll have rigorous health and safety measures in place to ensure social distancing and sanitization guidelines are followed.”
So there is going to be a change for those people who have to go into the office and a majority of people will find themselves continuing to working from home.
But this limited reopen will step back up in September. Pichair said: “In the September timeframe (again, assuming conditions allow), we will further scale the rotation program, building over time to 30 percent capacity (which would mean most people who want to come in could do so on a limited basis, while still prioritizing those who need to come in).”
This announcement follows on from a previous suggestion from employees that they would be able to work from home for the rest of the year, something that many of the world’s leading tech organisations have also announced.
There have also been suggestions – from leaked internal documents – that suggested Google has been struggling to provide laptops for remote workers and newer employees.