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August 19, 2018 Mountain View / CA / USA – Google logo on one of the buildings situated in Googleplex, the company’s main campus in Silicon Valley

Tech giants’ new work from home policies: Facebook, Google and others

Here’s how tech big tech companies are planning to return to offices.

work from home

August 19, 2018 Mountain View / CA / USA – Google logo on one of the buildings situated in Googleplex, the company’s main campus in Silicon Valley

Companies returning to offices will face unprecedented challenges to stave off potential outbreaks among employees.

Tech giants including Facebook, Google and Amazon have begun sharing plans about how they will adapt their work cultures to adapt to the post-coronavirus world. Offices will be the most visible examples of these changes as employees transition to remote work.



Facebook doesn’t plan to reopen offices until 6 July at the earliest and will require employees to go through temperature checks, wear face masks and practise social distancing.

Facebook expects as much as half its staff to transition to working from home within the next five to 10 years.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the new changes on a blog post:

“Employees will be eligible to work from home permanently if they’re experienced and have strong job performance. They also have to be part of a team that’s allowing for remote work, and they have to get approval from one of their leaders. Facebook will also hire remote workers, though only people with experience. Entry-level employees need to work with their teams in the office in order to learn the ropes,” said Zuckerberg.


Google plans to begin reopening its offices starting 6 July. The company will keep building capacity low, starting at about 10% of staff, and gradually increase the number of people in its offices over time.


Amazon doesn’t just have its corporate offices to look after but also its many warehouses. The retail giant said on 30 April that corporate employees can work from home until October but that could be extended.


Apple hasn’t publicly clarified plans for its corporate and tech employees to return to offices in the US, but the company reportedly expects staff to start returning as early as May. The company’s more rigid approach to getting employees in the office as soon as possible is a departure from its peers in Silicon Valley.


The tech giant plans to let employees continue working from home through to at least October, unless they are in an essential role.


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sent an email to the company’s 4,900 employees on 12 May saying many of them would be allowed to work from home permanently, even after the coronavirus lockdown ends. The policy would not apply to employees whose jobs require a physical presence, such as maintaining computer servers.

“We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere. The past few months have proven we can make that work. With few exceptions Twitter offices won’t open before September,” said a Twitter spokesperson.