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: Google extends its return-to-office date to January 2022

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Google workers won’t have go back to the office until next year, joining a growing number of Big Tech companies postponing reopening dates due to the surge of the coronavirus’ delta variant.

In an email to employees Tuesday, Alphabet
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Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said the company’s voluntary return-to-office policy has been extended until Jan. 10, 2022.

“Beyond January 10, we will enable countries and locations to make determinations on when to end voluntary work-from-home based on local conditions, which vary greatly across our offices,” he wrote. “To make sure everyone has ample time to plan, you’ll have a 30-day heads-up before you’re expected back in the office.”

Google workers can still work from the office on a voluntary basis. The tech giant employs around 135,000 people.

Pichai also announced two more “reset days” — essentially bonus days off — to “rest and recharge,” Oct. 22 and Dec. 17.

“The road ahead may be a little longer and bumpier than we hoped, yet I remain optimistic that we will get through it together,” Pichai wrote.

Many tech companies had been targeting a September return to offices, but due to the upswing in COVID-19 cases, Apple Inc.
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and Amazon.com Inc.
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have already announced that employees won’t be required to be back at the office until January.

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