The delays — reported by Insider and CNBC — come amid uncertainties about the transmissibility of the coronavirus' new omicron variant.
- Google, on Thursday, announced that it has delayed the return to office timeline amid growing uncertainty about the Omicron variant.
- Previously, Google employees in the United States, Middle East, Europe, and Africa were set to return to the office in January, following the preset timeline to begin the hybrid work model.
- Google's vice president, Chris Rackow informed his employees that they won't be required to start hybrid work from January 10, as previously planned. But, Omicron was not mentioned as the reason for the delay.
- Although, the decision has most likely emerged from uncertainty around Omicron, according to Matt Brittin, the president of Google's Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.
- Now, based on the local conditions in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, offices in that particular region will decide when to bring back their employees.