As Google tries to figure out a balance between work from hope and returning to work for its employees, it has announced that every Google employee will get $1000 USD as an allowance to buy anything they need to make working at home comfortable. They can buy computers/laptops if they do not have a very good one with them, furniture like computer tables or other equipment.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email sent to all Google employees, “Because we still expect that most Googlers will be largely working from home for the rest of this year, we’ll be giving each Googler an allowance of $1,000 USD, or the equivalent value in your country, to expense necessary equipment and office furniture.”
This allowance will help reduce the burden on employees to buy the necessary work from home equipment. It will also boost the morale of employees in the sense that this amount may not help them with everything but it would still be a big help.
Google is also figuring out a plan to reopen more offices in cities around the world by July 6. “This will give Googlers who need to come back to the office—or, capacity permitting, who want to come back—the opportunity to return on a limited, rotating basis,” says Pichai. Strict social distancing and sanitization guidelines will be followed.
He says, “Moving ahead, we are looking to develop more overall flexibility in how we work. Our campuses are designed to enable collaboration and community—in fact, some of our greatest innovations were the result of chance encounters in the office—and it’s clear this is something many of us don’t want to lose. At the same time, we are very familiar with distributed work as we have many offices around the world and open-minded about the lessons we’ll learn through this period.”