Google, Facebook allow employees to work from home till end of 2020

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Many tech companies in Nigeria don't have the huge cash reserves that Google or Facebook have to make such a commitment that will require significant changes to the way they operate.

Gopalakrishnan believes at least 20-30 per cent of IT employees would continue to work from home even after the lockdown is lifted and the situation returns to normalcy.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said that employees who need to return to the office will start being able to do so from July with enhanced safety measures in place. He adds: "While the conventional wisdom is that most tech companies will follow Facebook's lead and allow their staff to work from home, we expect professional services to follow suit, from accounting to law firms".

Keeping in mind the only way possible of prevention, technology giants Google and Facebook have announced an extension of their work from home flexibility to their workers.

The majority of Facebook employees have been working remotely since March. The company claims to be in the process of identifying employees that will be required to report to the office.

Google G Suite Vice President and General Manager Javier Soltero says he has seen "incredible" growth in Google Meet use in last three months as more people work from home. The company also claimed that it would continue to pay hourly employees who may not be able to work because of reduced staffing, office closures, or if they're sick. Employees who are now working from home, however, will be allowed to continue doing so until the end of the year.

The company has given full-time employees $1,000 bonuses to help cover childcare costs and any unexpected expenses that come with remote working.

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