Sundar Pichai, ceo of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, said Tuesday that the company will provide employees with up to $1,000 in subsidies to help them pay for home-office equipment. In a letter to employees, he also detailed how the company would slowly reopen its offices, allowing employees to rotate from July 6 and keeping attendance at 10 percent to about 30 percent by September. This echoes a statement made by Mr Pichai earlier this month.
Google was one of the first companies in the U.S. to allow all employees to work from home during the outbreak, and earlier this month reported that it could not find enough laptops for new employees to use from home because of a shortage of supplies caused by the outbreak.
In Tuesday’s letter, Pichai noted that the post-office work environment will be different and that “we will have strict hygiene and safety measures in place to ensure that social distance and hygiene guidelines are adhered to, so the office will look and feel different from when you leave.” “