Tech giant Google on Monday said it is extending work from home (WFH) facility for its employees globally, including in India, till June 30 next year, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In an email to employees, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said, “To give employees the ability to plan, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021, for roles that don’t need to be in the office.”
The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, said nearly all of the 200,000 Google employees and contractors worldwide would see an extension of the option which had been set to end in January.
The decision could signal similar efforts by other tech firms and large employers to extend the precautionary policy amid growing fears about the risks of returning to workplace normalcy.
In May, Google had also announced USD 1,000 allowances to cover equipment costs for employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most tech firms have allowed their employees to work from home but are gradually bringing people back to the workplace while following precautions around safety and hygiene. However, many are exploring the option of making WFH a permanent feature.
Twitter previously has said it will allow all employees to continue on remote work indefinitely.