Google targets 30% office capacity in September

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Google plans to reopen some offices in July

Further, Pichai announced that Google will allow employees to relocate temporarily to a different location to stay closer with families while continuing to work remotely.

With many employees told to work from home over the last few months, some companies worldwide have now started on plans to resume office life.

"Because we still expect that most Googlers will be largely working from home for the rest of this year, we'll be giving each Googler an allowance of $1,000 United States dollars, or the equivalent value in your country, to expense necessary equipment and office furniture", says Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, in an email sent to all Google employees.

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"Our campuses are created to enable collaboration and community - in fact, some of our greatest innovations were the result of chance encounters in the office - and it's clear this is something many of us don't want to lose", Pichai said. "So even if there is some course correction, I don't think our existing footprint is going to be the issue".

Staff returning to these buildings will do so on a rotating basis, with employees set to go into the office "one day every couple of weeks" to ensure occupancy remains at around 10%.

As of right now, Google's plan is to get its office back to around 30% by September, but in the letter, Pichai acknowledged that everything is contingent on external conditions which could alter the roadmap.

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The company will focus first on those who need to work out of the office and let others who want to do so in if space permits.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said there are a limited number of employees whose roles are needed back in office and for the rest, returning to the office will be voluntary till end of 2020.

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