Being an employee at Google is like “oh my god!!”, with their long list of employee benefits that anyone would feel envy for. Living such a life would just be the dream of any ordinary person. This is all about the current employees of Google, but what if fate plays bad and you will leave the world, every human is always haunted by such thoughts, “if something happens to me, who will look after my family?”
The latest Google perk is really an unusual one – “the death benefits” which include paying the deceased’s spouse or domestic partner 50% of their salary for 10 years, the company’s “chief people officer” Laszlo Bock revealed in an interview this week with Forbes.
Should a U.S. Googler pass away while under the employ of the 14-year old search giant, their surviving spouse or domestic partner will receive a check for 50% of their salary every year for the next decade. Even more surprising, a Google spokesperson confirms that there’s “no tenure requirement” for this benefit, meaning most of their 34 thousand Google employees qualify.
As reported on Forbes
“Obviously there’s no benefit to Google,” Bock says to Forbes writer. “But it’s important to the company to help our families through this horrific if inevitable life event.”
Google People experts use three methods to tap into the needs of employees: an annual survey called “Googlegeist” that measures the temperature of employees in every department and analyzes data to identify emerging trends, employee resource groups (read: clubs) where like-minded employees share ideas that are funneled up to HR (Bock says the most active are the “Grayglers,” the self-titled club for over-the-hill Googlers), and email aliases that run the gamut from financial advice to childcare options to café feedback, says Forbes.
Bock told Forbes he doesn’t like the word “perks.” Instead, he says, a help for an employee is always a help for the company to improve retention, and appear to improve performance on some level