Google delays return of offices in Europe, Middle East, Africa – Business Insider

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past Alphabet Inc's Google logo in Zurich
FILE PHOTO: A man walks past Alphabet Inc’s Google logo in front of an office building in Zurich, Switzerland July 1, 2020. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann

December 2, 2021

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google is delaying plans to return to offices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa due to concerns about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Business Insider reported on Thursday, citing a memo of the company.

Google previously extended its voluntary return to office policy until January 10, after which it said it would allow countries and locations to decide when to end voluntary work at houses based on local conditions.

On Thursday, Matt Brittin, Google’s president in charge of the EMEA region, told employees that the company would push back the deadline beyond that date, according to the report.

The report adds that US or North American employees have yet to receive any guidance on changes to their return to office plans.

Google, one of the first companies to ask its employees to work from home due to the pandemic, did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

Europe has so far recorded 79 cases of the Omicron variant, which was first detected in southern Africa last month, the European Union’s public health agency said. of the European Union said earlier on Thursday.

(Reporting by Deborah Sophia in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel and Anil D’Silva) Google delays return of offices in Europe, Middle East, Africa – Business Insider

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