While many Australians are planning their return to the old normal – and their commutes to the office – some employees have been told they won’t see their workplaces for at least the remainder of the year.
Job site Indeed revealed on LinkedIn that no employee would be required to return to any global offices before July 2021.
“The pandemic is still impacting many countries around the world and many states in the US, and as such, we have made the decision that no employee will be required to return to any of our global offices before July of 2021,” said Paul Wolfe, Indeed’s senior vice president of global human resources.
“In doing so, we aim to make it easier for our employees to plan for their life needs, such as the upcoming school year and leases.”
Indeed was one of the first companies to shift to an entirely remote workforce, allowing employees to continue their roles from home in early March.
Wolfe stated that the company’s Return to Work taskforce would pilot partial office openings this year, but employees would not be required to participate.
“We will continue to take a conservative approach to returning to our offices around the world in order to best protect our employees.”
Employees responded to the post, thanking the company for “putting us first”.
“Thank you for the conservative approach keeping employees [sic] health and safety first,” one employee stated.
“Good decision!” Another said.
And Indeed is not the only company taking a conservative approach to returning to offices or in-person gatherings.
In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said unless it was necessary for the employee to return to the office, doing so would be voluntary until the end of the year, and encouraged everyone to work from home where they can.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed Facebook would cancel all physical events with more than 50 people through to June 2021.
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