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Google gives WFH employees US$1000 furniture allowance

Google gives WFH employees US$1000 furniture allowance


Google workers who choose not to return to the office for the foreseeable future have received a boost for the creation of a more appealing home office.

The search engine announced last week that it will allow employees come back to the office from July. But employees who opt to stay home will be granted an allowance of US$1000 (HK$7750) for home office requirement – such as standing desks and ergonomic chairs.

The company expects 10% of its employees to return to the office next month, CEO Sundar Pichai revealed in a memo, with a view to having 30% of its workforce return from work from home by September.

Pichai has stated he doesn’t expect Google to give up its physical spaces – which have established a reputation for the perks they provide employees.

“In all scenarios I expect us to need physical spaces to get people together, absolutely. We have a lot of growth planned ahead. So even if there is some course correction, I don’t think our existing footprint is going to be the issue,” Pichai told Wired Magazine.

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