Omicron Causes Companies to Rethink Return-To-Office Plans

FILE – In this April 17, 2007, file photo, exhibitors work on laptop computers in front of an illuminated sign of the Google logo at the industrial fair Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany. Google has announced that it is investing $1.2 billion by 2030 to expand its cloud computing infrastructure in Germany and to increase the use of renewable energy. The Internet giant said Tuesday that it plans to add new cloud computing centers in the Berlin region and in Hanau, a town near Frankfurt. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

Major tech and media companies have set their third attempt at returning to the office en masse in early 2022.

But with no end to the pandemic in sight, and with the shadow of uncertainty cast by the Omicron variant, some of those plans might be changing. CNN reported that on Thursday, Google told staffers that the company will not be fully returning to offices in early January, after all. It will wait until 2022 to assess when workers will head back to a “stable, long-term working environment.”

Google is not the only major tech company pushing back start dates. Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees the company is pushing back its return to office until February.

With the threat of Omicron in the Bay Area the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro shares why companies are re-thinking their decision to bring employees back to the office. Nikki wonders when businesses will realize that work-from-home is safer and just as efficient.

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