BENGALURU (REUTERS) – Alphabet’s Google said on Wednesday (Dec 8) it will give an additional bonus to its employees globally this year, as the tech giant pushes back its return-to-office plan.

Google will give all employees, including the company’s extended workforce and interns, a one-time cash bonus of US$1,600 (S$2,180) or equivalent value in their country this month, a company spokesman told Reuters.

The latest benefit is in addition to Google’s work-from-home allowance and well-being bonus, to support its employees during the coronavirus pandemic, the spokesman said, without giving details on how much the company has set aside in total for the purpose.

Earlier in March, Google’s internal survey showed a drop in its employee well-being over the past year, after which the company announced a series of benefits, including a US$500 well-being cash bonus.

Last week, Google delayed its return-to-office plan indefinitely amid Omicron variant fears and some resistance from its employees to company-mandated vaccinations. It earlier expected staff to return to office from Jan 10.