Google CEO Sundar Pichai has told employees that they will delay office returns to October. In an email to employees, Pichai also said the company will require anyone coming to the office to be vaccinated, beginning in the US in coming weeks.
Pichai’s note represents the second delay in office returns for its workforce of more than 130,000-plus employees amid the ongoing pandemic. In December, Google delayed return to offices to September, after which employees would be required to work in person for at least three days a week.
“We are excited that we’ve started to re-open our campuses and encourage Googlers who feel safe coming to sites that have already opened to continue doing so,” Pichai stated in his email. “At the same time, we recognize that many Googlers are seeing spikes in their communities caused by the Delta variant and are concerned about returning to the office.” Pichai said the company will monitor the data carefully and let employees know at least 30 days in advance before transitioning into our full return to office plans. He also noted that employees in “special circumstances” will be able to apply to work from home for the remainder of the year.