Leading technology companies Facebook And Google have recently announced that the majority of employees who can carry out their jobs from home will be able to do so until the end of the year.
Google is extending its work from home measures for seven more months from June 1, while Facebook said it will reopen its offices – after considering factors like public health data and government guidance – on July 6, when COVID-19 lockdown measures are gradually lifted.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that employees who need to return to the office will be able to do so starting in July, with augmented measures put into place. Facebook is still determining which employees will be required to come in. “As you can imagine this is an evolving situation as employees and their families make important decisions re: return to work,” a Facebook spokesman remarked.
April saw Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg explaining that Facebook’s employees would be among the last to return back to office, nothing the return would have to be staggered and that “helping the rest of our community and local economy to get back up and running first” is the priority.” The company was the first tech firm to state employees will conduct their job from home.
With work from home policies continuing to broaden, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told Fortune that the coronavirus pandemic is creating a “double shift” for female employees, who are now fully responsible for home-schooling kids and caring for their relatives. She said Facebook has given employees a bonus of approximately $1000 dollars for their work and childcare costs, with an urge to relieve major hindrances in home scenarios.
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