Coronavirus: Google to keep employees working from home through summer 2021

Coronavirus: Google to keep employees working from home through summer 2021
FILE PHOTO: Technology giant Google plans to keep its 200,000 member workforce at home through July 2021 over concerns of the coronavirus. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Technology giant Google plans to keep its 200,000-member workforce at home through July 2021 over concerns of the coronavirus. 

Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google parent company Alphabet, made the decision last week, The Wall Street Journal reported

“I know it hasn’t been easy,” Pichai wrote in a memo to employees Monday. “I hope this will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months.”

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Other technology companies, including Microsoft and Apple, have pushed back time frames, but Google is the first to extend work-from-home orders through the next year. Before the extension, Google employees expected to return to the office in January. 

Google initially closed its offices in March amid the growing pandemic. The company has partially opened some smaller offices in countries where the outbreak is less rampant, including Australia, Greece and Thailand.