Google employees will work from home until summer 2021, the Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday.
Sundar Pichai, the CEO of the parent company Alphabet reportedly made the decision last week, after a meeting with top company executives, known as Google Leads.
Google’s decision will probably affect almost the entire 200,000 full-time contracted employees. WSJ reported that Pichai made the decision to provide more certainty to employees with children about how long they would need to work remotely, as many are facing struggles with inconsistent direction from school districts.
“To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office,” Pichai wrote in an email to employees, according to Business Insider.
In May, Google had said it would begin reopening offices worldwide for a limited number of employees as early as July 6, making the return to offices optional. However, a surge in the COVID-19 cases in California led the tech giant to push back the reopening date to at least September.
Facebook and Twitter have already announced plans to allow workers to continue working from home indefinitely.