Many people have been working from home for the last three or four months due to the coronavirus. Just how long could this last?

Google just announced that they are allowing their employees to work remotely...until next summer!

In an email from Google CEO Sundar Pichai to their 200,000 employees the company made the following statement: "To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021, for roles that don't need to be in the office. 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."

Google had previously said that employees would return to the office on July 6. That date was then pushed back until September. Now it looks like employees will be working from home until summer of 2021.

Do you like working from home? It seems that people have gotten used to the flexibility and not leaving their homes. A new survey of people who are employed or currently looking for work found that 78% of respondents said schedule flexibility in their job has become an “absolute necessity.”

Here is what the survey revealed about what people say are the most important aspects of a job:

  1. Schedule flexibility -- 65%
  2. Option to work from home -- 61%
  3. Socially distanced workspace -- 58%
  4. Healthcare benefits -- 58%
  5. Structured evaluations for growth and salary increases -- 45%

I had to broadcast from home one day so far since the pandemic began. I HATED it. Even though I don't really see that many people when I go into the radio station, I'd much rather broadcast from the studio than my home.

One benefit of working from home in the winter...at least we wouldn't have to drive in snowy weather.