Google said staff may start returning to some of its U.S. offices over the next month, another indication of how companies are preparing for a more normalized environment as Covid-19 vaccinations pick up.
The search-engine giant owned by Alphabet Inc. said Wednesday the initial return period will be voluntary as offices begin to reopen but with capacity limits, according to an email from Google’s top people executive Fionna Cicconi.
“Conditions vary significantly from state to state, so you’ll hear directly from your local leaders when your office is eligible to reopen,” Ms. Cicconi said in the email, which was viewed by The Wall Street Journal. The company is advising workers to get vaccinated against Covid 19, but isn’t making it mandatory for returning to the workplace.
Returning to the office remains optional at Google until September, according to Ms. Cicconi’s email to employees.
Corporations that scattered their staff to work remotely have been gaming out when—if ever—employees should start reoccupying sites that have largely been empty since the pandemic broke out about a year ago.