Google To Give Employees ₹75,000 To Make WFH Easier

Google is giving employees who work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic $1,000 allowances to cover equipment costs, CEO Sundar Pichai announced Tuesday.

Beginning July 6, “Assuming external conditions allow, we’ll start to open more buildings in more cities,” Pichai wrote in a letter to employees. “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”

A limited number of employees will be asked to return to office work this calendar year and they will be notified by June 10, the CEO said.

“For everyone else, returning to the office will be voluntary through the end of the year, and we encourage you to continue to work from home if you can,” he said. “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.”

Yet the CEO still believes working in offices has value and is not willing to abandon the company “campuses.” “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,” he wrote.