- Google and Alphabet Inc says employees can Work From Home until mid-2021
- This decision will impact around 2 lakh full-time and contract employees of the companies
- India is also included in it
As the novel Coronavirus continues to cover more population all around the globe, US-based tech giant, Google has decided to extend its Work From Home (WFH) option for its employees until the June of 2021 globally which will also include India.
In the email sent to its employees, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc, Sundar Pichai said, “To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through 30 June, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office.”
This decision will impact the majority of the 2 lakh full-time and contract employees of both Google and Alphabet Inc including India where the company has an estimate of around 5,000 employees.
India has emerged as a key market for Google which has a prominent presence in two major IT cities in India, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Recently, Pichai also launched the Google for India Digitisation Fund where the company committed of investing a whopping $ 10 billion or roughly Rs. 75,000 crore in the next 5 to 7 years towards the digitisation of the India economy.
The Work From Home extension from Google is in sync with the decision of various other Multi National Corporations (MNCs) which have extended they WFH policies as a precautionary measure.
Amazon another US-based Tech and E-Commerce giant recently communicated that its “employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until 8 January, 2021.”
President and Managing Director (MD) of Dell Technologies, Alok Ohrie had said that even before the COVID-19 crisis, 100% of the company’s workforce in India was enabled to Work From Home.