In taking such a step, Google is the latest tech giant to do so. "Responsible companies will need to embrace technology that measures employee productivity transparently, and in a way that both managers and employees can benefit".
Jeff Bezos-led Amazon has also told staff whose job can be done from home that they can do so until at least October 2, pushing out the timeline on a return to work for many employees as it faces scrutiny over conditions in its warehouses, as per a recent report by Reuters.
The company has also clarified that it would continue to pay hourly employees who may not be able to work because of reduced staffing, office closures, or if they are sick. Coronavirus pandemic has forced a majority of workers across the globe to work from home for almost two months.
Google also announced a company holiday for May 22nd, meant to give employees a short break from the stress of. well. everything. "We will be using science to guide us in our decision making".
Facebook made a similar announcement last week, stating that its offices will start to reopen in July but most employees will be able to work from home until the end of the year. Naficy notes: "Facebook is showing true leadership by letting their staff work from home". "Our ramp back to the office will be slow, deliberate and incremental". "Today, we announced anyone who can do their work remotely can choose to do so through the end of the year", a spokesman said. Earlier, Google had told all the employees through email that it is not possible to come to office before June but now it has been chose to extend the work from home.
The company has given full-time employees $1,000 bonuses to help cover childcare costs and any unexpected expenses that come with remote working.