Google and Facebook have told most employees to keep working from home for the rest of the year as part of a response by the tech giants to the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The news came along with U.S. media reports that Facebook is also letting workers tend to their jobs remotely for the rest of this year.
Chief executive Sundar Pichai told Google staff at an all-hands meeting that its remote work policy will be extended until 2021, the Silicon Valley giant confirmed Friday.
Any return to offices was expected to be incremental and staggered, according to the company.
Facebook said it would reopen its offices on 6 July as coronavirus lockdowns are gradually lifted. Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said that employees who need to return to the office will start being able to do so from July with enhanced safety measures in place
Facebook is still determining which employees will be asked to come in,” the spokeswoman added.
The social media platform was among the first tech firms to ask its employees to begin working remotely. Facebook gave employees $1,000 (₦390,000) bonuses for their work-from-home and childcare costs.
The trend for working from home may suit some companies while they redesign their office spaces to cater to new social distancing guidelines.
Many companies are reluctant to resume work amid the coronavirus crisis.
Google employees who need to return to offices will be able to do that in the next month or two, with added safety measures in place due to coronavirus concerns, but most of the staff will continue working from home.