Realizing that the impact of coronavirus is not slowing down anytime soon, major technology companies such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are readying their future course of action. Employees were originally told the work-from-home policy would remain in place until at least June 1.
According to Bloomberg, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai told employees on Thursday (7 May) that they should be prepared to work remotely through October and possibly until the end of the year. However, the initial goal is for only 10-15% of employees to work in offices, and people who can continue working from home will do so. "Take the time to do whatever you need to do to prioritise your wellbeing", he said. The company also claimed that it would continue to pay hourly employees who may not be able to work because of reduced staffing, office closures, or if they're sick.
In early March, Google began urging its 8,000 staff in Ireland to work from home, before Government distancing measures were officially introduced.
Google G Suite Vice President and General Manager Javier Soltero says he has seen "incredible" growth in Google Meet use in last three months as more people work from home.
In an effort to ease the burden of workers following the Covid-19 outbreak, Facebook is also offering $1,000 (RM4,334) worth of bonus to their employees. The company claims to be in the process of identifying employees that will be required to report to the office.
Several companies in the US tech sector have extended work-from-home for employees in recent days.
But the majority of employees who can carry out their jobs from home will be able to do so until the end of the year, Mr Pichai added.