Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai expects to be at 20-30% office capacity by end of year

Company could see 60 percent of its employees coming in 'once a week'

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.

Continue Reading Below

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said he expects the Google parent to be at 30-percent office capacity by the end of 2020, he told tech podcast "The Vergecast."

Pichai said during a May 8 meeting that only employees who need to return to the office can do so in June or July, but the majority of Google's other employees will likely work from home until next year, according to The Information.

"There are people who really want to come back, and they miss it. Especially at Google, for 20 years, we have genuinely invested in our physical spaces and the culture it creates with a view to having people work well together," Pichai said. "But I expect by the end of the year, we'll be at 20-to-30-percent capacity."

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, file photo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a news conference on Google's collaboration with small scale local businesses in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)

He added that the estimate still means the company could see 60 percent of its employees coming in "once a week, or something like that," which is why he thinks "a vast majority of employees...will likely work from home through the end of the year."

JUSTICE DEPT., STATE ATTORNEYS EYE ANTITRUST LAWSUITS AGAINST GOOGLE

Pichai initially told employees in an April email they could expect to return to the office for work by June 1.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
GOOGLALPHABET INC.1,409.39-50.43-3.45%

"It's a very fluid situation," he told "The Vergecast." "If things, of course, look better, we will adapt to it. We want to be flexible. Trying to really understand what works, what doesn't work in this."

COMPANIES HIRING WORK-FROM-HOME JOBS DURING CORONAVIRUS

Google, like many other media companies, announced it would undergo a hiring freeze and cut its marketing budget by 50 percent in the second half of the year as it grapples with a steep decline in ad revenue, MarketWatch reported.

A number of tech giants have extended employee work-from-home policies.

Facebook employees who have the ability to work from home will also be allowed to continue their remote work through the end of the year, the company said Thursday.

GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE

Amazon announced its staffers could continue to do so through Oct. 2 if their jobs allow them. Microsoft also confirmed Tuesday that "working from home will remain optional through October unless employees are in an essential role or local authorities mandate otherwise."

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS