Google, owned by Alphabet Inc., is extending its voluntary return-to-office policy until January next year, CEO Sundar Pichai said Tuesday, citing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in many parts of the world.
The rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant is also causing companies to rethink their mask mandates and vaccination policies.
“Beyond January 10, we will allow countries and locations to make decisions on when to end volunteer work from home based on local conditions,” Pichai said in an email to employees.
In recent weeks, companies like Amazon.com Inc and Lyft pushed back their return-to-office deadlines to 2022 for American workers due to the pandemic.
Google had previously delayed its return-to-office policy from September to October. It was one of the first companies to ask its employees to work from home due to the health crisis.