- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 11:14AM
Have you ever thought about what might happen to you or your friend when/if they die while employed? You probably haven't, but generally we expect to live a happy and fulfilled life, retire at 65 and die peacefully in our beds.
But often that's not the case. Google have realised this and are taking steps to implement what they call 'death benefits' for their employees.
The oldest employee working at Google is 83 years old, and Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock (who moved to Google from General Electric in 2006) says the company is beginning to think about what happens to its employees when they pass away.
“One of the things we realized 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. And 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 revealed that Google have now introduced “death benefits” to many of its American-based employees.
Basically, should a Google employee pass away unexpectedly, their spouse or domestic partner will receive 50 percent of their salary for the next decade!
You don't even have to be working there for a certain amount of time to get the benefits; literally every American Google employee can receive this perk.
And they haven't forgotten about their kids! Children would each get $1,000 a month from the company until they reached the age of 19 (or 23, if the child is also a full-time student).
“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,” says Bock.
We think this is pretty cool! If only every company had enough money to do this.