Major U.S. Tech Companies Extend Work-From-Home Policy
As of August 7, the U.S. reported 5 million coronavirus cases, with at least 162,395 deaths. According to CNBC, most U.S. tech companies extend their work-from order to 2021.
Google is the first major company to formally extend work-from-home until summer 2021. In an email to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote: “To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office.”
Uber also announces that will allow employees to work from home through June 2021. The move is not a mandate, meaning workers will be allowed to return to offices if they open before then.
This week Facebook made this decision: it will allow employees to continue working from home until July 2021. The company will also provide employees with an additional $1,000, bonus as an additional subsidy for working from home. Facebook also said that although employees are temporarily allowed to continue working from home, the company will continue to reopen offices in areas where it is allowed to open offices based on the epidemic situation and government guidance. However, a company spokesperson said that many of Facebookʼs offices are unlikely to reopen in.
Meanwhile, Twitter made headlines early May when it announced employees could work from home “forever” if they wish, even after the risk of the pandemic subsides.
Other major tech companies including Amazon and Apple have asked workers to return in January 2021. Expert said certain more major tech companies will absolutely push their return-to-office dates farther into 2021 as well.