COVID-19: Facebook, Google Extend Working From Home To End Of Year

Marco Green
November 22, 2020

This comes as more and more companies start to roll out their strategies for dealing with getting back to work.

Meanwhile, more than one million information technology employees are expected to continue to work from home even after the coronavirus -inflicted lockdown situation returns to normalcy, IT industry veteran Senapathy (Kris) Gopalakrishnan had said recently, PTI reported.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said that employees who need to return to the office will start being able to do so from July with enhanced safety measures in place.

Facebook also said on Friday it would allow workers who are able to work remotely to do so until the end of 2020.

Facebook has announced that it will be allowing all its employees to work from home till the end of this year. In a statement to the publisher, Microsoft said, "On May 4th we confirmed that when restrictions lift, working from home will remain optional through October unless employees are in an essential role of local authorities mandate otherwise". "We will be using science to guide us in our decision making". The few who must work from offices will do so starting July, but most employees have the choice of working from home.

According to a report by BBC, search engine Google has extended its work from home flexibility for seven more months till the end of this year. While doing so, the company said that it is planning for how and when it can bring certain employees back to their offices.

Now both Facebook and Google have announced that they are not expecting employees to return to the office until at least 2021.

The company has given full-time employees $1,000 bonuses to help cover childcare costs and any unexpected expenses that come with remote working.

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