Google is forcing its workers to return to offices from April 4

GoogleProperties the alphabet, effective April 4, will allow employees to return about three days a week at some of its offices in the US, UK and Asia, the first step in ending policies that allowed remote work due to COVID-19. concerns about COVID-19.

An internal email seen by Reuters on Wednesday told employees in the San Francisco Bay Area that “Advances in prevention and treatment, the steady decline in cases we continue to see, and the enhanced safety measures we’ve taken, now mean that.” We can officially start the transition to a mixed work week“.

Google He joins a wave of tech and finance companies that have begun calling for a return to the office. While some large employers have permanently adopted voluntary work-from-home policies, others, including Google, are betting that it is best to push in-person interactions between colleagues.

Google expects most employees to be in offices about three days a week, with some variation by team and role.

  • Everyone who comes into the office must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have an approved waiver, according to the email from John Casey, Google’s vice president of global benefits. Non-vaccinated workers without an exemption will have the option of looking for one or applying for permanent remote work.

Fully vaccinated workers They don’t have to wear masks In Silicon Valley offices, Casey said.

Google declined to say which sites will return to normal on April 4, pending official announcements by workers at those sites.

Google said that employees not ready to return on April 4 could also consider extending remote work.

  • Since last June, Google Nearly 14,000 employees around the world have agreed to move to a new location or move away entirely.
  • About 15% of requests were rejected.
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