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Google to give $1,600 bonus to employees worldwide, says report

Interns and members of Google's extended workforce are eligible for the cash bonus, too, according to a Reuters report.

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Google plans to deploy an additional cash bonus of $1,600, or its equivalent to employees worldwide, according to a Reuters report published Thursday, as a support measure for its global workforce amid the coronavirus pandemic.

All employees, including interns and members of Google's extended workforce, are eligible for the bonus, which is expected to be disbursed by the end of the year, according to the report.

Last week, the search giant delayed its return-to-office plans indefinitely over concerns about the omicron variant as well as company-mandated vaccinations. Before that, Google workers had been set to return to offices on Jan. 10.

This is the latest pandemic support measure offered by the search giant, which comes in addition to Google's work-from-home allowance and well-being bonus, the report says.

The coronavirus pandemic has driven Big Tech companies and corporations in other areas to institute support measures to promote employee well-being during the pandemic. Earlier this year, Microsoft said it would provide a $1,500 pandemic bonus to workers, while Amazon added a new mental health benefit for all US employees and their families. 

Google did not immediately reply to a CNET request for comment.