Google is reconsidering its plans to return to the office again, saying its U.S. employees won’t have to adopt a hybrid work model on January 10, as previously reported. A Google spokesperson said The edge that the company’s current plan is to delay developing new plans until next year, with decisions about timelines still left to local offices.
The company has changed its return-to-work plans several times as the pandemic has evolved. In August, as the Delta variant was a growing concern, we learned that the company intended to maintain work at the Volunteer Office until at least January 10, 2022. That plan itself was a change from the previous one that was revealed in December 2020, which would have had employees returning in September.
According to an email from Google vice president Chris Rackow, obtained by CNBC, the company reiterated its August pledge that full-time employees will be given a 30-day period to switch from remote work to work. in the office when the company starts working. bring them back. Google says it still intends to go with the hybrid workweek model that CEO Sundar Pichai described in May, where “most Googlers” will work three days in the office and two days remotely.
The spokesperson also said The edge that the company has opened 90 percent of its offices in the United States open to employees on a voluntary basis. CNBC says Google encourages employees to come “to reconnect with their coworkers in person and start regaining muscle memory from being in the office more regularly.” It remains to be seen whether this will continue to be possible and will likely be dictated by the response of the United States as more cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus continue to emerge.
Updated December 2 at 8:17 p.m. ET: Added information from a Google spokesperson.