Google Delays Workers Return to Office Beyond January 10 Amidst Omicron Variant

Google has again indefinitely pushed back its January return-to-office plan globally amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and some resistance to company-mandated vaccinations. The company had initially announced in August that its workers will be back to the office by January 10 which will put end to its voluntary work-from-home policy.

Google made this known on Thursday as it told its employees that the company would put off the deadline beyond that date. This means that the earlier announced January 10 resumption date will not be feasible.

The company said the update was in line with its earlier guidance that a return to workplaces would depend on local conditions.

Google employees will still be working from home beyond January 10 as cases of Omicron variant increase.

Reasons for the delay are said to be growing concerns over the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus and some reluctance to comply with company-mandated vaccinations. Europe has so far recorded 79 cases of the Omicron variant, first detected in southern Africa last month.

Reports have it that nearly 40 percent of Google US employees have resumed to office in recent weeks, with higher percentages in other parts of the world.

Google was one of the first companies to ask its employees to work from home during the pandemic. It has about 85 offices across nearly 60 countries.

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