With tech giants Facebook and Google preparing to reopen their offices, they have announced that the majority of employees who can carry out their jobs from home will be able to do so until the end of the year.
Facebook has given employees approximately $1,000 USD bonuses for their work from home and childcare costs, urging other employers to “relieve this stress.”
Google is extending its work from home policy for seven more months from June 1, while Facebook said it will reopen its offices — after considering factors like public health data and government guidances — on July 6 when COVID-19 lockdown measures are gradually lifted.
With work from home policies continuing to be extended, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told Fortune that the coronavirus pandemic is creating a “double double shift” for female employees who are now also responsible for homeschooling kids and caring for sick or elderly relatives.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that employees who need to return to the office will be able to do so starting in July, with enhanced safety measures in place.
“As you can imagine this is an evolving situation as employees and their families make important decisions re: return to work,” a Facebook spokesman said.