Google has reportedly asked its workers to resume office working at least three days a week beginning April 4 in some locations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as other parts of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Asia Pacific.
As per sources, the corporation had sent an email to its employees stating that rapid success in COVID-19 prevention and treatment, as well as a sharp reduction in cases and improved safety protocols, have made it possible to resume the switchover to a hybrid work week.
Google anticipates a three-week work from office policy in the beginning phases, with some minor tweaks depending on the team and role of its workforce. To ease this transition, it has upgraded various office perks such as massages, free meals, transit compensation, business visitors, and more.
Employees, however, are not yet permitted to bring their families to the workplace to visit them. At the start of the pandemic, Google was among the first to mandate a remote working culture and the company has been looked up to as an institutional leader when it comes to corporate policies.
Notably, only those who have been fully vaccinated against Coronavirus will be approved to enter the workplace.
Google's Vice President of Global Benefits, John Casey, confirmed that people who are fully immunized or have an approved exemption from the authorities will be returning to the offices. Those who have not been vaccinated or have an exempt status will be given the option of obtaining one or applying for permanent remote work.
However, the Alphabet-owned company is not the only one requiring its employees to return to the offices. Several financial and technological behemoths are once again encouraging in-person engagement among colleagues, except for a few who have embraced the long-term viability of voluntary remote office culture.
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