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Google And Facebook Tell Workers They Won't Return To Office Until 2021

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Google And Facebook Tell Workers They Won't Return To Office Until 2021

Google and Facebook have told their employees that they should be expecting to work from home until the start of next year at the earliest.

That makes them the latest two tech companies to admit that social distancing measures must continue for longer than many people might expect.

Reports have claimed that the chief executive officer at the world's largest search engine, Sundar Pichai, told employees at a meeting that many of them wouldn't be seeing the office until 2021.

However, he did say at Thursday's meeting that some employees who need to go into the office can start doing so from around early July, but with enhanced safety measures in place around those workplaces.

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Sundar Pichai. Credit: PA
Sundar Pichai. Credit: PA

The majority of people, who are able to work from home without it affecting them too much, will continue to do so until this whole thing is completely done with.

Whenever that might be, right?

As for Facebook, the social media giant has also admitted that the chances of many of their employees getting back into their normal working environment before the turn of the year is unlikely.

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This comes as more and more companies start to roll out their strategies for dealing with getting back to work.

Facebook HQ in London. Credit: PA
Facebook HQ in London. Credit: PA

A spokesperson said: "Facebook has taken the next step in its return to work philosophy. Today, we announced anyone who can do their work remotely can choose to do so through the end of the year.

"As you can imagine this is an evolving situation as employees and their families make important decisions re: return to work."

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The offices at Google Germany. Credit: PA
The offices at Google Germany. Credit: PA

Facebook has not yet decided which employees will actually return to work, the spokesperson added.

The social media company was actually quite quick off the mark regarding this. They were one of the first companies to allow their employees to start working from home when the crisis got underway.

As well as asking their workers to work remotely, Facebook also gave their employees a wage bonus of $1,000 (£800) so that they could sort out their working from home, and to cover some of their childcare costs.

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This trend of continual working from home could provide some employers with valuable time in which to prepare and adapt their workspaces for enhanced safety protocols and social distancing when we're eventually allowed to go back.

Furthermore, it could be good for employee welfare, as many workers are thought to be anxious about returning to crowded spaces in big cities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Topics: World News, Technology

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