While the Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship is unlikely to live long in the memory, I have to admit that working at Google would be pretty sweet. Apart from working at one of the most powerful tech companies in the world, Google employees have pretty fantastic perks that come with the job. If you happen to work at Google, you can expect to benefit from free gourmet food, haircuts, massage credits, as well as a free ride to work if you live in San Francisco. Being a Google employee seems like it would be an awesome life.
Unfortunately, though, it would only be a life, and eventually, your time at Google will have to come to an end when you die, unless Google get through a lot of research in the healthcare field. When Google employees pass from the Google Cloud to the cloud in the sky, however, they can now expect for their employee benefits to extend into the afterlife, after the tech giants revealed they were introducing death benefits for their workers.
All around the world, Google has around 70 offices in 50 countries. The oldest employee working at Google is 83 years old, and Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock (who moved to Google from General Electric in 2006) says the company is beginning to think about what happens to its employees when they pass away.
One of the things we realized recently was that one of the harshest but most reliable facts of life is that at some point most of us will be confronted with the death of our partners. And it’s a horrible, difficult time no matter what, and every time we went through this as a company we tried to find ways to help the surviving spouse of the Googler who’d passed away.
To this end, Bock revealed that Google have now introduced “death benefits” to many of its American-based employees; should a Googler meet a tragic end while employed with the tech giants, their spouse or domestic partner will receive 50 percent of their salary for the next decade, and even better, there’s no tenure requirement for this death benefit.
That means that most of the company’s 34,000 Googlers living in the United States would be able to benefit from these perks. As well as this, surviving spouses will see all stocks owned by the Googler vested immediately, and their children would each get $1,000 a month from the company until they reached the age of 19 (or 23, if the child is also a full-time student).
Of course, it’s not as if Google doesn’t have the money to foot the bill for these deceased Googlers, and while most of the company perks are aimed around promoting creativity and establishing a work-life balance that helps to improve the company in some way or another, Bock admits that Google doesn’t benefit from these perks at all.
Obviously there’s no benefit to Google. But it’s important to the company to help our families through this horrific if inevitable life event.
Sometimes, it’s easy to think of huge, multinational corporations as inhumane conglomerates more concerned with their quarterly projections than the well-being of their employees. With this latest set of benefits, however, Google have shown that even one of the most ubiquitous tech companies around today can care about each and every one of their employees.