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Google Offers Death Benefits To Employees

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A Google employee works on a laptop before the start of a conference.  (credit: Justin Sullivan/GettyImages)

A Google employee works on a laptop before the start of a conference. (credit: Justin Sullivan/GettyImages)

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (CBS Las Vegas) – According to the company’s bio, Google has amenities in their offices that other companies just don’t offer such as murals and decorations expressing local personalities, video games, pool tables, pianos, and kitchens stocked with healthy food.

There is one more perk offered at the company that you may not be aware of — death benefits for its employees.

“This might sound ridiculous, but we’ve announced death benefits at Google,” Laszlo Bock, chief people officer at Google, told Forbes.

Bock explained to Forbes that if an employee passes away while still employed, their spouse will receive a check for 50 percent of their salary for the next 10 years.

“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,” Bock told Forbes. “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’s passed away.”

According to a Google representative, this benefit is also offered to eligible domestic partners including same-sex partners.

Bock told The Atlantic that Google’s benefit programs improves an employee’s performance.

“There is, of course, research that show employee benefit programs like ours can improve retention, and appear to improve performance on some level,” Bock told The Atlantic. “When it comes down to it, it’s better to work for a company who cares about you than a company who doesn’t. And from a company standpoint, that makes it better to care than not to care.”

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