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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Google told workers in an email Wednesday that it expects some U.S. employees to be able to return to the office in the coming month. 

Why it matters: Tech companies, among the first to shut their offices a year ago, are largely shifting to hybrid work environments, allowing some employees to continue working remotely part or all of the week.

The big picture: Google's move follows similar announcements from Facebook, Microsoft and other companies.

Details: 

  • Google is encouraging workers to get vaccinated but is not requiring it.
  • Employees won’t be required to come into the office until at least September.
  • Google is expanding some pandemic-related benefits. 

What they’re saying:

“In the United States, the situation is also mixed and we must continue to stay vigilant to prevent a new wave of the virus. We are also seeing some hopeful improvements in parts of the country. I’m happy to say that over the next month, it is likely we’ll begin to welcome Googlers back to some of our U.S. offices on a voluntary basis.”
— Fionna Cicconi, SVP and Google’s chief people officer, in an email to workers seen by Axios 

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We've recapped how the pandemic upended the working world, but what's coming next?

The big picture: As vaccinations send people back to work and the world comes out of pandemic hibernation, these are the biggest trends to watch for in the workplace this year, according to experts.

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Office reopening patterns across the country

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Companies are readying workers to return to the office in phased and limited capacities. 

Why it matters: With 29% of the U.S. population having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, businesses are inching toward reopening at different paces depending on geography and previously announced policies. 

Reservations, masks: The future of office work in Denver

Reproduced from Deloitte CFO Signals survey; Chart: Axios Visuals

Top Colorado companies anticipate returning to the office this summer, but executives say it won't feel the same.

  • "There's a transformation of work. It's not really a return to what it was before," says Bryan Leach, the CEO of Ibotta, a Denver-based tech company that operates a shopping app.
  • "Our mantra is we are going to be flexible, adaptable and empathetic," said John Hayes, CEO of Ball Corporation in Westminster.

The big picture: The pandemic scrambled the workplace landscape in Colorado and across the nation, and what workers find when they return to the office won't feel familiar.