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Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai told employees how company offices will slowly start reopening in June, with 10% to 15% of employees in the office at any time, according to an internal email read by CNBC . However, the majority of those able to work from home will continue to do so, perhaps until the end of the year.
“We are really starting to understand these virtual meetings, even though I miss the experience of many of us in the same place,” Pichai wrote in an email to full-time employees Thursday evening. “It may take some time before this is possible. Our return to the office will be slow, deliberate and gradual.”
Pichai also addressed the burnout of employees, telling workers to take a day off in late May.
The update comes after Pichai had previously declared that workers’ offices would remain closed until at least June 1, when the company would begin to adopt a “phased” approach to the return of workers on the latest terms of the pandemic. The workers also hoped to be able to come within reason so as to be able to access the many facilities they needed from their homework.
It also comes after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told company employees on Thursday that they would be allowed to continue working from home until the end of 2020.
The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Who returns first?
Globally, Alphabet will aim for 10% to 15% of office workers at all times “to allow for the right precautions, with more ability to come periodically (as we can rotate).” For the context, Pichai added that the company currently has less than 5% of employees worldwide working in offices. Some sites in the Asia-Pacific region are already at 30% of their capacity “given their stage of treatment of this epidemic,” he wrote.
He expects the first returning workers to be those whose jobs require them to be in the office, such as those who need access to special equipment. “We know that many of you are anxious to return, and we will also take this into account when planning,” wrote Pichai.
The majority of people who are able to do their work from home will work from home longer, “potentially until the end of the year, although there are times or occasions when you can enter the office”, he added. .
“If it sounds complex, it’s because it is,” Pichai continued in the memo. “We are a global company, with a range of products and teams, and this is a global crisis, which is manifesting in different ways in regions and countries,” said Pichai. “We are working on all the details and you will get more specific information from your teams / offices in the coming weeks.”
Pichai also addressed the burnout of employees, encouraging them to take a day off in late May.
“I know many of us have been running hard all the time for weeks now and may experience burnout,” he wrote. “So I also used the TGIF to announce an official day off on May 22,” he said. (TGIF is the nickname for regular unarmed business meetings, one of which was held Thursday this week.) “Take the time to do whatever you need to do to prioritize your well-being.”
For locations where May 22 is not a work day, employees have been asked to work with managers to find a May date that works for them.
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