After January, Google's offices will determine when to end the remote work option based on local conditions. Employees will get at least 30 days' notice before they are expected to return to their office.
In an email sent to Google employees on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said a large number of offices globally are already open for business. "We are welcoming back tens of thousands of Googlers on a voluntary basis," he said.
Google first closed its offices in March 2020 and previously said its employees would work remotely until at least September 2021. After announcing it would adopt a "hybrid workforce model" that asked employees to spend at least some time in the office, Google in May said that it expects around 20% of its employees to work from home permanently. Then in July, it extended its remote work policy through October.