How Corporate America Is Approaching the Return to the Office

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The surge in Delta variants has forced companies to delay their work-from-home policies. The tech giant Google (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report is no exception. On Tuesday, the company extended its work from home policy until January 10, 2022.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that employees will have a 30-day heads-up before they are expected to come back to the office.

"The road ahead maybe a little longer and bumpier than we hoped, yet I remain optimistic that we will get through it together. It’s heartening to see Googlers starting to come back to more offices globally," Pichai said, in a statement. "The ability to reconnect in person has been re-energizing for many of us, and will make us even more effective in the weeks and months ahead."

Earlier, Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report and Target  (TGT) - Get Target Corporation Report joined the list of big names to postpone the return to the office date.

Tech giant Amazon extended its work-from-home policy to January 3 whereas Minneapolis-based company Target also told its headquarter employees to work from home till the end of 2021.

"As we continue to closely watch local conditions related to COVID-19, we are adjusting our guidance for corporate employees in the U.S. and other countries where we had previously anticipated that employees would begin coming in regularly the week of Sept. 7. We are now extending this date to Jan. 3, 2022," the company said, in a statement.

Wells Fargo  (WFC) - Get Wells Fargo & Company Report and BlackRock  (BLK) - Get BlackRock, Inc. Report also postponed their return-to-office plans to October 4 and October 1 respectively.

Apple  (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. (AAPL) Report reportedly postponed its return to work from early September to October 1.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reversed its indoor mask policy on Tuesday, social media giant Twitter  (TWTR) - Get Twitter, Inc. Report shut down its offices in New York and San Francisco, pausing the re-openings. The company had re-opened those locations on July 12.

Related: Why the CDC Changed its Mask Guidance

Other companies like Indeed and Lyft  (LYFT) - Get Lyft Inc Class A Report won't reopen their offices to employees this year, both moved their employees-return-date to January 3 and February 2 respectively.

Another ride-hailing company Uber  (UBER) - Get Uber Technologies, Inc. Report also postponed its back-to-office date from September 13 to the end of October worldwide.

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