The employer that brought free cooking classes and ping pong tables to the office is giving employees a $1,000 expense account to spiff up their home workspaces, according to a letter addressed to "Googlers" from CEO Sundar Pichai.
Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company will start opening more offices in many cities from July 6.More news: Legendary Jazz Head Coach Jerry Sloan Passes Away At 78
Google employees were told to work from home in March to help stop the spread of coronavirus. However, he added that "there are a limited number of Googlers whose roles are needed back in office this calendar year". Those rotations will increase to 30 percent by September if things go smoothly. In addition, Pichai is now experimenting on how to virtually bring the experiences and benefits known from the office to the employees at home.
Why it matters: As we've reported, most large tech companies are in no rush to return their workers to the office on a large scale. Google's move will set a trend for companies to share the financial burden of its employees while working from home. This would mean that "most people who want to come to the office can do so to a limited extent while we continue to give priority to those who need to come to the office", Pichai said. "Our campuses are created to allow for collaboration and community, in fact, some of our greatest innovations were the result of casual office meetings, and it is clear that this is something that many of us do not want to miss", he wrote.More news: 'Fraggle Rock' reboot ordered to series at Apple TV+
"Moving ahead, we are looking to develop more overall flexibility in how we work", he wrote.
Emphasising that the company is taking "slow and deliberate" steps when it comes to reopening the office spaces, Pichai said that there will be rigorous health and safety measures in place to ensure social distancing and sanitisation guidelines.More news: Boston Marathon officially canceled for first time in event’s 124-year history