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Google to allow employees to work from home until next June, say reports

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Google on Monday said it would soon allow most employees to work from home until June next year amid the uncertainty around how the coronavirus crisis will evolve, The Wall Street Journal reported. The move is likely to affect most of the 2,00,000 full-time and contract employees across Google and parent Alphabet Inc, including in India.

The decision was made by Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai last week after debate among Google Leads, an internal group of top executives that he chairs, an unidentified official told the newspaper. A small number of Google staffers were notified later in the week.

“To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through 30 June, 2021, for roles that don’t need to be in the office,” Pichai said in an email, according to The Mint.

The extended timeline applies to company employees in most of its major offices, including the headquarters of Mountain View, California and other offices in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Brazil and elsewhere. Until now, Google had told its employees to expect a return to the office beginning in January.

India – where the company is estimated to have about 5,000 employees – is a key market for Google which has a major presence in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Pichai recently launched the Google for India Digitization Fund with a commitment of investing Rs 75,000 crore in the next five to seven years towards digitising the Indian economy.

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