Alphabet-owned Google today said that employees can work from home through June 30, 2021, suggesting that the company sees the coronavirus pandemic lasting well beyond what was initially anticipated, a spokesman told Ad Age.
"To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office," Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an email to employees today.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report the news.
Google has more than 100,000 employees globally, the majority of whom are based in the U.S. Today’s decision will impact roughly 200,000 people around the world once contract employees are factored in, according to Google.
Companies in the tech sector were among the first to let employees work from home during the early stages of the pandemic. Google first announced a work-from-home policy on March 10. In May, Twitter said employees can work from home forever. Today's announcement by Google sets the stage for other tech companies to follow.