According to an email issued to staff on Thursday and acquired by CNBC, Google will not need its employees to return to workplaces on Jan. 10 as previously planned.
Chris Rackow, Google’s Security VP, stated in an email to full-time staff that the company will wait until the new year to determine whether its U.S. headquarters can safely return to a “stable, long-term working environment.” According to his email, none of the U.S. sites will implement the hybrid working mandate on January 10 as anticipated.
The latest guideline follows multiple earlier delays, and the majority of the company’s employees were anticipated to return to physical offices three days a week. It also comes at a time when a small but rising number of the company’s workers are opposing the company’s vaccination requirement.
According to Rackow’s email, Google will let localized regions to choose the dates for resuming their unique local workforce. Google’s “Local Incident Response Teams” will also assist in determining each office’s “risk level,” according to the company.
While staff would no longer be compelled to return on January 10, Rackow said the business still encourages them to come in “where conditions allow, to interact with colleagues in person, and start rebuilding the muscle memory of being in the office more often.” According to the message, the corporation will provide all full-time employees who require it a 30-day transition period to the hybrid schedule.
“In 2022, we will re-learn our working rhythms together, which will offer new possibilities and new problems as we experiment with more flexible methods of working,”Chris Rackow
He went on to say that the firm has so far opened 90 percent of its U.S. offices and that roughly 40 percent of its U.S. workers have arrived in recent weeks.
Google previously also contributed its part in COVID-19 pandemic by building a new update that supported Digital Vaccination Cards.
Google has updated its “Passes API” to enable a simple and secure way to store and access COVID vaccination and test cards on Android devices. Starting today, developers from healthcare organizations, government agencies, and organizations authorized by public health authorities to distribute COVID vaccines and/or tests will have access to these APIs to create a digital version of COVID vaccination or test information.Google Developer’s Blog