$1,600 bonus from Google if you work from home

Google has promised staff around the world an additional cash bonus of $1,600 after pushing back its planned return-to-office further into 2022.

The latest bump is in addition to a work-from-home allowance during the pandemic and a wellbeing bonus earlier this year. Google had set Jan. 10 as a target date for a return-to-office, but plans were scuttled over uncertainty surrounding the omicron variant and some employee pushback on vaccine mandates.

The COVID-19 pandemic has induced many big tech companies — including Amazon and Microsoft — to hand out top-up bonuses in an effort to both help employees adapt their remote working setup, but also to attract and retain talent in uncertain times.