As per an internal email viewed by CNBC, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google, laid out the plan on how offices would be slowly opened. As early as June, Alphabet offices will begin reopening with 10% to 15% of the normal workforce, he said. However, the majority of people who are able to work from home can do so through the end of this year.
In a bid to help employees deal with work-from-home-related burnout during the coronavirus crisis, he announced May 22 as an official day off at the company. Pichai wrote in the email:
“We’re starting to really get the hang of these virtual meetings, though I do miss the experience of having so many of us in the same place. It may be a while before that’s possible. Our ramp back to the office will be slow, deliberate, and incremental.”
Pichai added that currently, only 5% of global employees are working from offices. Initially, only those employees will be returning whose jobs require them to be in the office. However, those wishing to come into the offices will be allowed from time to time, as the Mountain View firm is taking this into consideration.
Earlier this week, Facebook also announced that it would let most employees work from home through the end of this year.