SAN FRANCISCO, California: Google said it will end the Covid work-from-home option in the Bay Area and several other U.S. locations, encouraging employees to return to their offices beginning during the week of 4th April.
John Casey, Google’s vice president of global benefits, said in an email to employees that was viewed by CNBC, “It is been a long and challenging two years since the vast majority of our people started working from home..But the advances in prevention and treatment, the steady decline in cases that we continue to see, and the improved safety measures we have implemented across our Bay Area sites now mean we can officially begin the transition to the hybrid work week,” he added
A week after CNBC reported that Google had been relaxing some of its COVID-19 mandates in preparation for a return, Google announced its latest guidance, but had note decided upon a new date for the official return.
Google said it expects most workers to return to their offices three days a week, and work from home two days per week.
The note from Casey also included previously reported guidance, such as the end of the mask and testing mandates for fully vaccinated employees.
The company will be testing new ways of working and will “gather insights, data, and feedback along the way,” he added.
In March, the company plans to “help folks transition to their new routines and aim to be fully functional in our hybrid working approach,” he added.
Casey stressed that nearly 14,000 of the company’s 156,500 full-time employees around the world have transferred to a new location or moved to fully remote work, and 85 percent of total remote applications have been approved.
Those needing more time before returning can also request a work-from-home extension, he added.
“Google employees can work from the office more often if they choose, and some roles may need to be onsite more than three days a week due to the nature of their work,” added Casey.