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Facebook and Google to allow most employees to work from home until end of this year

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, tech giants Facebook and Google will allow the majority of their employees to work from home.

twitter-logo Yasmin Ahmed   New Delhi     Last Updated: May 8, 2020  | 18:02 IST

Highlights

  • Reports stated that Facebook has allowed most of its employees to work remotely through the rest of 2020.
  • Factors such as public health data, government guidance, and local nuances will be considered before Facebook opens the office.
  • Google, too, has directed its employees to work from home for the rest of 2020 at an all-hands meeting.

Tech giants Facebook and Google have said that most of their employees can work remotely through the end of 2020, according to reports. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, many companies across the world have resorted to the work-from-home culture.

Facebook will not open offices at least till the 6th of July, a spokeswoman told CNBC. The company will allow employees who can do their work remotely to continue doing so through 2020, she said.

It is however still not decided which employees will be allowed to work in offices.

A Facebook spokeswoman told CNet said that the company will consider various factors such as public health data, government guidance and local nuances when deciding whether to reopen its offices.

Last month Facebook cancelled all its major physical events through 2021.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had said that Facebook will slow its plan to return to the office and that it will first prioritise the rest of the economy to get up and running.

As for those employees who cannot work remotely, Zuckerberg had said, like content reviewers working on counter-terrorism or suicide and self-harm prevention, and engineers working on complex hardware maybe able to return sooner.

He had said that when the society eventually reopens, "it will open slowly in staggered waves." This is to ensure that the people who are returning to work are safe and that the possibility of future outbreaks is minimised.

Google, too, has decided that the majority of its employees will work from home through the end of 2020, The Information reported. Google CEO, Sundar Pichai at an all-hands meeting, told his employees they are likely to work from home for the rest of 2020.

Google also reportedly updated its policy stating employees cannot expense perks while they are working from home. These perks would include food, fitness, home office furniture, decoration, or gifts.

The policy stated that Google employees cannot use unused budgets to do things like purchasing meals for themselves or people outside of their office.

Last month, Pichai in an email to his employees said that Alphabet and Google will slow down the hiring process for the year 2020.

Reports also stated that Pichai highlighted the areas wherein the company would be cost-cutting. He said that the company would calibrate the focus of pace and investments. This focus would be turned towards areas like data centers and machines, and non-business essential marketing and travel.

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