Google plans to open its U.S. offices to some of its employees in April. The company recently announced that it will open its U.S. offices in limited capacity for its volunteer employees. The announcement follows plans by Microsoft, Facebook and Uber to return to offices in the coming months.
Google said it wants to return to its offices “based on specific criteria, including increases in vaccine availability and downward trends in COVID-19 cases.” Employees who also prefer to work remotely will be able to do so by September 2021, in line with Google’s previous announcement.
Google wants to switch to flexible working order
An email announcing the new plan says anyone who decides to work face-to-face must follow safety rules such as wearing a mask, applying social distancing and passing a health survey, The New York Times reported.
In addition to Google, Amazon also shared a new update on when it expects its employees to return to work voluntarily. As it is known, the company never closed its offices. But only 10 percent of its corporate employees are physically employed, according to Amazon.
Given the increased availability of vaccines, Amazon notes that “more people will come to the office over the summer, and many will return to the office in early autumn.” In addition, the company still wants to “return to an office-centric culture.”
Unlike Amazon, Google says the company wants to move to a flexible working order. He also thinks employees should spend three days in the office and the rest of their time at home.