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Google Employees Will Keep Working From Home Until At Least Fall Due To Coronavirus Concerns

The tech giant's Midwest headquarters is in Fulton Market. When offices reopen, Google plans to adopt a “flexible workweek” with employees working from the office three days a week.

Google's Midwest headquarters in Fulton Market.
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FULTON MARKET — Tech behemoth Google has once again pushed back its employees’ return to its offices, recommending they continue to work from home until at least the fall to guard against the spread of coronavirus.

The company policy affects tens of thousands of employees across the United States and globally, including those based at the company’s Midwest headquarters at 1000 W. Fulton Market in the West Loop.

Google had more than 1,200 employees in Chicago as of November 2019, according to the Tribune.

In an email to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai notified employees the company is extending its work from home option through September, according to The New York Times.

When offices reopen, Google plans to adopt a “flexible workweek” with employees working from the office three days a week, according to the report.

“We are testing a hypothesis that a flexible work model will lead to greater productivity, collaboration and well-being,” Pichai said in an email obtained by The New York Times. 

The report said the tech giant would look for opportunities next year to get vaccinations for their employees “after high-risk and high-priority people globally have received the vaccine.”

A spokeswoman for Google confirmed the report to Block Club.

Google officials hope the work-from-home directive will hinder the spread of COVID-19 and “reduce the burden in the local community and health resources,” a company spokesperson previously told Block Club Chicago.

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