At the beginning of the pandemic, Big Tech was a leader in embracing remote work.Now it has also become how the company plans to safely come back to the office.but it It doesn’t look like everyone is on the same page.Although Google and Facebook announced today that they All employees will be required to be vaccinated before returning to the office. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is considering whether mandatory vaccination is the “right answer.”
in a e-mail Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a letter to employees that anyone working on a Google campus needs to be vaccinated. The policy will begin to be rolled out in the United States in the next few weeks and will be extended to other regions in the next few months. The directive only applies to areas where vaccines are widely available and will vary depending on local regulations. Google also pointed out that it will make exceptions for those who cannot be vaccinated for “medical or other protected reasons.” Pichai also explained that Google has also extended its voluntary work from home policy to October 10. On the 18th, they promised to give at least 30 days’ notice before transitioning to the “Comprehensive Resumption Plan”.
“We are very happy that we have started to reOpen up our campus and encourage Google employees who feel safe with open websites to continue to do so,” Pichai wrote. “At the same time, we recognize that many Google employees see their communities proliferate due to the Delta variant. , And worry about returning to the office. ”
A few hours after Pichai’s comments, Facebook also said it would require American workers to be vaccinated. Lori Goler, Facebook’s vice president of People, said in a statement: “As our office reopens, we will require anyone who comes to work on our American campus to be vaccinated.” Issue a statement to CNBC. “How we implement this policy will depend on local conditions and regulations.”
A generationn Comment on CNBC’s Josh Lipton, Tim Cook expressed opposition to whether Apple would do so.Instead, Cook stated that the company is focused on “when to come back”, noting that it Postponed its schedule From early September to at least October. This uncertainty also extends to its retail stores. Bloomberg According to reports, Apple plans to require masks in its physical stores from July 29, but The company does not require retail employees to be vaccinated.
In general, large technology companies are quite used to itDate of mixed working mode after the pandemic.In May, Pichai wrote In the blog “The future of work is flexibility,“ And that google Some employees will be allowed to apply for complete remote work within the company or arrange to move to other offices. Facebook also stated that it expects to increase remote recruitment, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company expects Half of employees work remotely In the next 5-10 years.Microsoft also Jump on the boat Use mixed working mode with permanent remote working option as Is there tweet and Spotify.
However, it is also clear that many large technology companies want to return to the office at least in some capacity. In early June, Cook sent emails to employees, asking some of them to return to the office at least three days a week, while others need to return to the office full-time.This news triggered some Strong opposition from Apple employees, He wrote a letter to Cook asking for more flexible working conditions.Amazon is clearly pushing Return to the “office-centered” life.
No matter what the big technology companies want, the Delta variant is clearly forcing companies and their employees to—Re-evaluate and adjust their plan. Currently, Google and Facebook are the first countries to require vaccination, but other companies will follow suit soon.