Google on Wednesday told its employees that they will be required to return to their physical offices starting on Monday, April 4, reports CNBC. The notice applies to Bay Area employees at Google’s Mountain View main campus, as well as employees in other locations around the United States.
The indoor mask mandate in the Santa Clara County area has been lifted alongside other restrictions as infection rates continue to drop in the area.
Now we wait to see if and when Apple will follow suit in the near future. The Cupertino company has been anxious to see employees return to Apple Park and 1 Infinite Loop, along with their other offices. However, Apple has delayed the return several times, due to COVID surges, as well as pushback from employees.
In November, in a letter to employees, Apple said that the company would expect them to start returning to the office on February 1. However, that return was delayed indefinitely.
When employees do eventually return to the office, Apple has a hybrid work schedule planned, with employees expected to show up three days per week at the office, while having the option of working from home two days per week. Apple also plans to allow employees to work remotely for up to one month per year.
Some Apple employees are not pleased that the Cupertino firm is requiring them to return to the office.
Apple executives have always made it clear that employees are expected to return. “Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate,” Cook said back in June.