Google wants to protect its estimated 119,000 workforce from the coronavirus. The company announced that it will allow its employees to work from home until at least July 2021. According to CNN, the company sent a memo to employees making the announcement with expectations of a longer than expected pandemic.
Google, Twitter Facebook and a host of technology companies, all with offices in New York City, made announcements in the spring that employees would get a long term option to continue working from home until January 2021. The latest move by Google could inspire other technology companies to follow.
Among other tech giants, Amazon and Salesforce have not announced long term plans for its staff. Both companies did express interests in protecting the staff from the coronavirus at the onset of shelter in place and social distancing.
“We continue to work closely with public and private medical experts to ensure we are taking the right precautions as the situation continues to evolve,” an Amazon spokesperson told ABC News when the company closed its offices in the spring. “This includes recommending that employees who are able to work from home in Seattle/Bellevue, the Bay Area, New York, New Jersey and the Lombardy region/Asti province of Italy do so through the end of March.”
Mark Benioff, founder and CEO of Salesforce announced via Twitter that staff in multiple areas of the country would be working from home. Shopify announced that it will give its employees $1,000 stipend to cover supplies and expenses to work from home.