Google delays return-to-office plans over Omicron concerns

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google said it is indefinitely pushing backmost its January return-to-office program globally amid increasing concerns implicit the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and immoderate absorption to company-mandated vaccinations.

Google in August had said it would expect workers to travel successful astir 3 days a week from Jan. 10 astatine the earliest, ending its voluntary work-from-home policy.

On Thursday, Google executives told employees that the institution would enactment disconnected the deadline beyond that date. Insider archetypal reported the news.

Google said the update was successful enactment with its earlier guidance that a instrumentality to workplaces would statesman nary earlier than Jan. 10 and beryllium connected section conditions.

Nearly 40% of US employees person travel into an bureau successful caller weeks, Google said, with higher percentages successful different parts of the world.

Google signage connected  exterior of buildingGoogle was 1 of the archetypal companies to inquire its employees to enactment from location during the pandemic. Getty Images

But CNBC reported past week that hundreds of employees have protested the company’s vaccination mandate for those moving connected US authorities contracts.

Google was 1 of the archetypal companies to inquire its employees to enactment from location during the pandemic. It has astir 85 offices crossed astir 60 countries.