Tech companies are concerned about the virus outbreak within their office premises. Alphabet’s chief executive officer, Sundar Pichai has told employees to prepare to work remotely through October and possible to the end of the year. Google’s spokeswoman confirmed that the majority of the staff is expected to work from home until 2021.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote an email to its workforce that some offices would open from June. On Friday, he clarified that 10% to 15% workers can work from the office from in June. More employees can return varying by division and location. As of now, only 5% employees are working from office. Most of the Googlers won’t return to office until October.
Facebook has asked employees to work from home through 2020 if they wish. The social networking firm doesn’t expect to open the offices until July 6, at the earliest. The internet firms are grappled with the problem of how to reopen its offices.
Google is among the first companies in Silicon Valley to shut offices in early March. Jacquelline Fuller, head of Google.org said, “If we can work remotely and help take some of the pressure off and flatten the curve, we will do that. We will be using science to guide us in our decision making.”
The search engine giant has over 1 lakh full-time employees and tens of thousands of contract workers. Google offered pay and sick leave for contract staff such as cafeteria workers impacted by office closure.