Google delays mandatory return to office beyond Jan. 10

9th December, 2021.      //   General Interest, Market Intelligence, pandemics, Technology  // 

In the wake of growing concerns over the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus and some reluctance to comply with company-mandated vaccinations, Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it will delay its January return-to-work plan indefinitely.

Google had announced in August that it would expect its workers to come into the office approximately three days a week as of Jan. 10 at the earliest, ending its voluntary work-from-home policy.

On Thursday, Google executives told employees that the company would put off the deadline beyond that date.

Company officials said the update was consistent with its earlier guidance that a return to work would not take place earlier than January 10 and will be determined by local conditions.

According to Google, nearly 40 per cent of US employees came into an office in recent weeks, while other regions had higher percentages.

However, they reported last week that hundreds of employees protested the vaccination mandate for employees working on US government contracts.

In the midst of the pandemic, Google employees were one of the first to work from home. The company has 85 offices in over 60 countries.

As of Thursday, 79 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in Europe, the EU’s public health agency said. Recently, New York (USA), Karnataka (India), have also reported cases of the variant.

A few countries, like Germany, have also started imposing restrictions to prevent the spread of this newly identified variant. The disease was first discovered in southern Africa last month.

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