Google is known to spoil its employees with all kinds of perks including free food and fitness classes to laundry service, car washes, and free haircuts among many others.
But the latest perk announced by the Company will blow your mind. According to a recent report, the latest perk for Googlers extends into their afterlives.
Google recently rolled out death benefits for its employees. If a passes away while under the employ of the 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.
The Benefit covers only U.S. employees right now according to Forbes
The surviving spouse or partner of a deceased employee will also acquire vested stock benefits, and children will receive $1,000 a month until the age of 19 (or 23 if the child is a full-time student).
The oldest Googler is currently 83. But the Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock says that the Company doesn’t think about the employees’ age. “For someone who fits a certain profile—say, an aging parent to take care of, or kids or grandkids to support–whatever your cluster of needs are, we do our best to discern the best package of perks and programs to meet them,” he explains.
Google said it is granting this perk because it is the right thing to do, taking the responsibility of the employee’s family needs if an unforeseeable event were to occur — even if there is no direct benefit to the business.
Although it might help in attracting and retaining candidates and staff, Google said that is not the reason why it implemented the benefits.
“It turns out that the reason we’re doing these things for employees is not because it’s important to the business, but simply because it’s the right thing to do. When it comes down to it, it’s better to work for a company who cares about you than a company who doesn’t. And from a company standpoint, that makes it better to care than not to care,” says Bock.