Yesterday, Google announced that it will let employees work from home through July 2021, if not longer. Previously, the internet giant approved telework through the end of 2020. This extension demonstrates how one of the largest companies is bracing for a prolonged pandemic and could set a trend for other corporate giants to follow suit.
Google has nearly 123,000 full-time employees with an additional 122,000 temporary workers, vendors, and contractors. The policy applies to all employees whether in the United States, the United Kingdom, or India.
The tech industry was an early adapter of remote work since the onset of COVID-19 with Twitter and Facebook allowing employees to work from home indefinitely. Amazon will also allow its employees to telecommute through at the least the end of the year.
Blake is a writer focused on non-profits and trade industries. He has told the stories of countless peacebuilders while covering international development with the nonprofit Search for Common Ground. He is a graduate of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.