Here’s how Google is trying to entice employees back to the office


Some of the world’s biggest employers have been trying to entice their employees to come back to the office after more than two years of remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Google is no exception.

The search engine behemoth wants to move away from a fully work-from-home model into a hybrid schedule starting this month for its employees in the Bay Area and several other locations throughout the U.S.

And Google is trying to woo employees off their couches and back into cubicles with the use of free electric scooters, according to The Verge.

Google partnered with electric powered scooter maker Unagi to give employees the use of scooters as a transportation option under a program called “Ride Scoot,” The Verge reported.

Under the program, most of the company’s U.S.-based workers will get reimbursed for a subscription to Unagi’s Model One scooter, which starts at $39 per month and retails at $990.

Employees must use their scooter often enough — at least nine times per month — to qualify for reimbursement.

The Verge report said Google will use an honor system instead of tracking employees’ usage.

In addition to Google’s Mountain View headquarters, Google offices in Seattle, Sunnyvale, Playa Vista, Kirkland, Austin and New York, are also eligible for the program.

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