Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) plans to return some of its staff to its offices as early as June, although it will only be a small percentage of its workforce at some point.
In an email to employees obtained by CNBC, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said the internet search giant could start opening offices worldwide starting in June, maintaining the ability to 10% to 15% at any time.
Currently, less than 5% of its staff worldwide work in one of Alphabet’s offices. The CEO noted that in Asia-Pacific, which was hit by the pandemic earlier than in the United States and is therefore recovering earlier, offices have a capacity of 30%. Among the company’s more than 100,000 employees worldwide, Pichai said those who must be in the office to do their jobs properly will come back first.
The vast majority of Alphabet employees will continue to work remotely, potentially until 2021. The Tech Tech CEO said that employees will sometimes be able to come to the office, but for the most part, they will remain remote workers for the instant.
Pichai said the return to office will be “slow, deliberate and gradual” and that planning is complex given that Alphabet is a global business and that the pandemic “manifests itself in different ways in regions and countries”.
As a nod to all the hard work of Alphabet staff during the pandemic, Pichai said he was giving out to everyone on May 22, urging employees to take advantage of the day to focus on their well-being. .