Who would have thought that around five million people around the globe are using Google Apps in all its forms from home users to large global corporations to charitable organisations; not to mention schools and colleges.
However, I was taken aback recently when I heard that it isn’t just their customers that they look after by providing first class products and services, but the spouses of people who work for the conglomerate.
It seems that wives (and presumably husbands) of Google’s workforce receive as a benefit 50% of the employee’s salary if they happen to die. This lasts for ten years as well.
But it isn’t just the spouse that gets what has been described as a financial afterlife. Children also receive a monthly income, which only stops when they reach 19.
Speaking with latimes.com, a spokesperson said: “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.”
What’s interesting about this is that all employees are entitled to this benefit from the first day they start. However, currently, it is only employees working in the USA that are entitled to it. The company has let it be known, however, that they are working on plans to extend it to employees overseas along with other employee benefits they offer, such as on-site doctors, fabulous cuisine in its restaurants and subsidised massages.
It pays to be with Google it seems in many ways.