For companies, it may no longer matter where a job applicant lives, and they can select the best candidate - regardless of whether they reside in close proximity to the office or in another country.
Google had earlier said it would begin reopening more offices globally as early as June this year, but most Google employees would likely work from home until the end of this year.
The prolonged lockdown of Google's offices could influence other major employers to take similar precautions, given that the technology industry has been at the forefront of the shift to remote work that has been triggered by the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Wall Street Journal first reported the extended work-from-home policy, which will extend to roughly 200,000 contract and full-time employees.
The remote-work order issued Monday by Google CEO Sundar Pichai also affects other companies owned by Google's corporate parent, Alphabet Inc.
"I hope this will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months", Pichai wrote.
Also, Google promised to give each Googler an allowance of $1,000 United States dollars, or the equivalent value in their countries, to expense necessary equipment and office furniture, as most Googlers would be largely working from home.
Earlier this year, several tech giants announced that they would allow most or all of its employees to continue working from home at least through the end of 2020. In May, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that employees would work from home through the start of next year but also announced that staff could request permanent work-from-home agreements. The development comes as states continue to see outbreaks of the deadly virus. "It just hasn't. We are at least as productive as we were before, and some people report being even more productive". It will also make it easier for employees to sign one-year leases if they decide to rent a home somewhere else while working outside the office. This share has remained constant at around 5% throughout the last decade. However, over the same period, the share of those who sometimes worked from home has been rising: from 6.0% in 2009 to 9.0% in 2019.