Google is giving employees additional leave before Labor Day.
Google is giving employees additional leave before Labor Day. The idea is to avoid employee burnout amidst the COVID-19 epidemic.
The search engine giant is marking September 4 as a one-time holiday for the preservation of ‘collective wellbeing’, citing CNBC company documents.
The extra day holiday will replace the Labor Day holiday into a four-day weekend. In the United States, Labor Day is celebrated on September 7.
Additional leave applies to full-time employees and trainees. However, workers who are considered temporary or are vendors or contractors, according to the report, are not eligible for this day.
An internal forum for employees reportedly stated, “We encourage you to take this day off and managers must actively support their team to commit themselves to work,” .
The forum further noted that if a manager identifies an “urgent business-critical requirement” that an employee needs to work at the last minute, they should keep the next available workday off rather than report.
The move comes as an attempt by authorities to find ways to support employees who will work remotely by at least mid-2021 due to the ongoing dispute.
This additional holiday has been linked to the epidemic and will not be added to the annual calendar, the reporting cited Google’s note.
“This additional holiday is specific to supporting the well-being of googlers in light of COVID-19 for 2020.” Take time to do whatever the company allegedly did for you.
However, some employees said they preferred to take another day off, the report cited an internal message change. But the company said that is not an option, the report added.