As Google prepares to return workers to its offices, the company is relaxing some of its Covid-19 workplace policies, including a requirement that US employees be vaccinated. But workers will still need to be vaccinated if they plan to use company offices.
In an email to San Francisco Bay Area employees last week, Google said it was easing some of its pandemic restrictions. It will no longer require employees to be screened weekly to enter US offices. In addition, it will not require employees to wear masks in offices, except in Santa Clara County – where Google Mountain View’s headquarters is located.
Google also said it plans to restore many of its popular office amenities, such as a fitness center, cafeteria, massage services, and shuttles to work. CNBC report change in previous policies.
“Based on current conditions in the Bay Area, we are pleased that our employees who choose to work now have access to more spaces and on-site services,” Google wrote in a statement. .
Lora Lee Erickson, a Google spokeswoman, said the company has dropped a requirement for US employees to provide proof of vaccination status or apply for a medical or religious waiver, said Lora Lee Erickson, a spokeswoman. of Google, said.
Last year, Google said employees who fail to do so will be placed on administrative leave and possibly fired. Ms. Erickson did not explain why the company changed its position.
Like many other companies, Google has had to adapt its policies to the often changing conditions of the pandemic. It has repeatedly pushed back against plans to require employees to start working on a mixed schedule that combines remote work and time in the office.
Google’s offices are an important part of the work culture, and the company has resisted going completely remotely like other tech companies.
Instead of a global mandate, Google has repeatedly said it will allow different regions to determine when to start asking workers to come to work several times a week. In the United States, Google said, it is still assessing the right time to begin its combined work schedule and has not set a date for workers to return to the office.
While returning to the office is still voluntary, Google says about 30% of its employees went to the office last week.
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