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Google suspends the mandatory return of its staff to the offices, scheduled for January 2022

  • The US tech giant thus postpones adopting the mandate hybrid work starting January 10

American tech giant Google no longer require your employees to return to company offices on January 10, according to an email sent to the staff in the United States, which was accessed by CNBC, where the multinational indicates that it will wait until next year to assess the situation.

Thus, Google’s vice president of security, Chris Rackow, indicates in the email that none of the company’s work centers in the US will adopt the mandate of hybrid work as of January 10, 2022 as initially planned for fear of coronavirus infections.

In this sense, the letter indicates that Google allow specific locations to decide their schedules for the return to the offices of their respective local templates, while Google’s “local incident response teams” will also help determine the “level of risk” for each office.

Despite this further postponement, Rackow encourages Google employees “where conditions allow” reconnect personally with co-workers, adding that the company will give all employees who need it a 30-day period to transition to the hybrid schedule.

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Google has so far opened 90% of its offices in the US, where in recent weeks almost 40% have returned to work of its employees in the country.

In a statement collected by CNBC, a company spokesperson indicated that Google will continue to determine when to reopen offices and will kick off the hybrid workweek “based on local conditions, which are dynamic and vary widely between locations.”

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