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- Google plans to reopen several offices at a limited capacity in July.
- The company will still permit employees to work remotely.
Silicon Valley pillar Google is planning to reopen select offices in July, according to a company blog post.
CEO of Google and Alphabet Sundar Pichai wrote to fellow "Googlers" in an email saying that beginning July 6, if pandemic conditions have steadily improved, company offices will begin a “gradual, phased approach” to reopening.
The offices will begin operating at about 10 percent building occupancy capacity and have employees who want to come into the office on a limited, rotating basis.
“We’ll have rigorous health and safety measures in place to ensure social distancing and sanitization guidelines are followed, so the office will look and feel different than when you left. Our goal is to be fair in the way we allocate time in the office, while limiting the number of people who come in, consistent with safety protocols,” Pichai wrote.
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The company plan is to have 30 percent building occupancy reinstated by September. Google employees whose jobs require them to be in the office will be given priority.
The option to work remote for an extended period of time, or permanently, however, will not be discarded.
“Moving ahead, we are looking to develop more overall flexibility in how we work. Our campuses are designed to enable collaboration and community—in fact, some of our greatest innovations were the result of chance encounters in the office—and it’s clear this is something many of us don’t want to lose,” the email continued. “We continue to study all the data and feedback you’re sharing on your current experience.”
This news follows Google giving employees an allowance of $1,000 annually to use for office equipment and furniture.
Other tech giants, such as Jack Dorsey’s two companies Twitter and Square, have extended the offer to work from home permanently to its employees regardless of stay-at-home mandates.