What is it like working with Google? Benefits abound that employees not only enjoy work site freebies such as free foods and health services but also assurances that life after death for Googlers' family members will not be too difficult.
In an interview with Forbes, Google chief people officer Lazlo Bock revealed this week the internet giant's death benefit packages that would shame even the most attractive entitlements offered by any given company.
Death of an employee currently in the roll, Mr Bock said, would immediately mean 50 per cent payment of salary to the deceased's spouse for the next 10 years, which he noted is handed out irrespective of tenure and accruement.
Also, Googlers' surviving children will be paid each allowances amounting to $US1000, cheques of which will be written out through major age of 19 or 23, especially if the kids were still studying.
And it doesn't stop there, according to Mr Bock.
Google stocks owned by employees while still with the firm will be immediately vested, likely providing some form of security for families of the departed.
"One of the things we realised recently was that one of the harshest but most reliable facts of life is that at some point most of us will be confronted with the death of our partners," Mr Bock said in explaining the basic rationale of the unique Google after-death perks.
"It's a horrible, difficult time no matter what, and every time we went through this as a company we tried to find ways to help the surviving spouse of the Googler who'd passed away," he further pointed out.
The measures, he admitted, would not amount to anything that is business-positive for Google but Mr Bock argued the tech giant looks beyond the corporate concerns too as far as the welfare of its employees, both the living and the dead, were concerned.
"Obviously there's no benefit to Google ... But it's important to the company to help our families through this horrific if inevitable life event," Mr Bock told Forbes.
The package has been in effect since 2011, Google disclosed, though the company did not clarify if employees outside of the United States will be allowed to access the same generous benefits.
According to News.Com.Au, a representative from Google Australia pointed to what the company described as "provisions in the event of the death," of an Aussie worker under the employ of the tech titan.
"At Google Australia we have living benefits also ... We take care of our people when they're alive also," the company spokesperson was quoted by the online news site as saying on Friday.
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