Google has moved back its return-to-office date from July to September 2021, and is looking to make flexible work a permanent option.
Google was among the first companies to send its workers home at the outset of the pandemic. Like many companies that pivoted to remote work, Google has pushed back its return-to-office dates as the situation has evolved. The last date set was July, but the company is pushing that back to September, according to the New York Times.
In an email to employees obtained by the NYT, CEO Sundar Pichai said the company is also looking to introduce a flexible work week post-pandemic. Employees would be expected to be in the office three days a week for collaboration, but could work from home the rest of the week.
“We are testing a hypothesis that a flexible work model will lead to greater productivity, collaboration, and well-being,” wrote Pichai. “No company at our scale has ever created a fully hybrid work force model — though a few are starting to test it — so it will be interesting to try.”
Hopefully many more companies follow Google’s example and make remote or flexible work options a standard.