Google workers in U.S. won’t return to office as expected on Jan. 10

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  • The company’s security VP Chris Racko sent out a companywide email on Thursday saying the company would not be required to return to offices in hybrid capacity expected on January 10.
  • The company still encourages employees to come into the office where conditions allow “muscle memory to build.”
  • This comes after several postponements amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Google will not return to offices as expected on January 10, according to a companywide email sent out to Businesshala on Thursday.

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The company’s security VP, Chris Racko, said in an email to employees that it would wait until the new year to assess whether US offices can safely return to their “stable, long-term working environment.” His email states that no US location will adopt the hybrid working mandate on January 10 as planned.

The new guidance comes after several previous delays and most of the company’s employees were expected to return to physical offices three days a week. It also comes as a small but growing portion of the company’s employees fight against the company’s vaccine mandate.

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Health officials in the US and around the world say they are concerned that the new Covid-19 variant omicron, which has about 50 mutations, could prove to be more transmissible and to some extent evade protection from vaccines.

Raco’s email said it will let specific locations create their own timelines for returning their respective local workforce. Google’s “local incident response team” will also help determine each office’s “risk level,” Racko’s note said.

Racko said that while employees will no longer be required to return to the office on January 10, the company will still allow employees “where circumstances permit, in person to reconnect with co-workers and to regain muscle memory of being in the office.” To achieve” encourages you to continue. Regularly.”

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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