On Thursday, it said that as businesses grapple with the evolving COVID pandemic, digital advertising giant Google in Mountain View has postponed mandatory returns for the fourth time.
Google planned to recruit employees three days a week in a hybrid office / teleworking model starting January 10, which would end “the period of volunteer work from home,” the company said.
Google will now wait until Jan. 1 to determine when its hybrid three-day-a-week employment model will kick off in offices, the company said. The start will depend on local conditions, which the company noted, not to mention the new variant of the omicron coronavirus, are “dynamic and highly variable by location.”
Under the terms, Google allowed employees to enter 90% of its U.S. offices that were safely open, the company said. According to Google, nearly 40% of employees in the US went to their offices. The change in the firm’s plans was first reported by CNBC.
Google’s decision comes amid a global battle to respond to the omicron, about which relatively little is known, and which has so far been found in California and New York as the delta variant continues to spread. Google created and then delayed plans to return to the office several times as the virus mutated and health orders changed.