Google is pushing back the office by three months, to January 10, in a decision that reflects the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, informed employees of the plan in an email on Tuesday. He said that after January 10, offices in different countries and locations will determine when to return based on local conditions and employees will be given 30 days notice.
Like other companies, Google has repeatedly delayed the expected date for employees to return to work at its offices. Last month, Google pushed back its return date from September to October and announced that it would require employees returning to the company’s offices to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
If Google employees return to the office in January, it will be nearly two years since the company asked employees to work from home during the early days of the pandemic. The extended work-from-home hours have forced the company to rethink the future of the workplace and how best to balance remote work with face-to-face collaboration.