Google U.S. employees will not return to the office as scheduled on January 10

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at the Google I/O keynote conference held at the Coastline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California on May 7, 2019.

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According to the company-wide email sent on Thursday seen by CNBC, Google will not return to the office as scheduled on January 10 after all.

The company’s vice president of security, Chris Rackow, said in an email to employees that it will wait until the new year to evaluate when the US office can safely restore its “stable, long-term work environment.” His e-mail pointed out that all locations in the United States will not adopt mixed tasks as planned on January 10.

The new guidelines were released after several previous delays, as most of the company’s employees expect to return to the physical office three days a week. It is also because a small number of company employees are increasingly opposed to the company’s vaccine regulations.

Health officials in the United States and around the world said they are concerned that the new Covid-19 variant Omicron may have about 50 mutations, may prove to be more contagious, and to some extent evade the protection of the vaccine.

Rackow’s email went on to say that it will allow specific locations to set a schedule for returning to their respective local labor. Rackow’s notes pointed out that Google’s “local incident response team” will also help determine the “risk level” of each office.

Rackow said that although employees will no longer be required to return to the office on January 10, the company still encourages employees to continue to “reconnect with colleagues and begin to restore more muscle memory in the office when conditions permit.” often. The note stated that since the company knows that this will be an adjustment to its weekly routine, it will provide a 30-day transition period for all full-time employees who need it.

“We will relearn our work rhythm together in 2022, and as we try to work more flexibly, this will bring new opportunities and new challenges,” he said.

He went on to say that so far, the company has opened 90% of its US offices, and in recent weeks, nearly 40% of US Google employees have joined.

Although Rackow’s email did not mention the latest Covid-19 variant, Google reportedly told its employees in Europe, the Middle East and Africa that it will postpone its plans to return to the office at these locations because of the new COVID-19 variant. And travel restrictions continue to cause uncertainty.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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