To stimulate the return to the offices Google tempts its employees with a free “scooter”.

To stimulate the return to the offices Google tempts its employees with a free “scooter”. Google is preparing to bring its employees back to the office this week. As an added bonus, they will be given free electric bikes (scooters) to help ease the transition, according to a report by The Verge.  The tech giant is teaming up with e-scooter maker Unagi to launch a new program called Ride Scoot, where most US Google workers can get reimbursed for the full cost of a monthly subscription to the Unagi One model. The stylish $990 is a lightweight, twin-motor scooter that has a top speed of 20 miles (32 kilometers) per hour and a range of 15.5 miles (25 kilometers).  David Hayman, founder and CEO of Unagi, said the idea was to help Google employees get to work or even to the nearest bus stop, as Google is known for offering free bus service to its employees in Silicon Valley.  "They know there are concerns among the staff," Heymann added. "People are really used to working from home. Google is just trying to do everything they can to improve the return experience."   And after two years of changing work patterns due to the epidemic, and as it recedes, the number of companies returning to work offices doubles, putting them in conflict with the workforce that used to work at home.  Google has spent billions expanding its offices during the pandemic, in a sign that it is optimistic about employees eventually returning to work, and has indicated a willingness to spend money on perks to entice employees to return.  Google employees do not want to return to the offices, so the company motivated them by giving them free scooters (The New York Times) Google relied on free scooters as a potential incentive, and found Unagi a willing partner. In addition to raising more than $10 million in venture capital funding last year, the Auckland-based company launched a subscription alternative to equity.  For $49 a month, customers in select cities can have an Unagi One form delivered to their door. There is also a $50 subscription fee, but maintenance and insurance against theft or damage are included in the monthly fee.  However, Unagi will not only distribute free scooters to every Google employee, but plans to set up kiosks in various Google offices to register employees for a monthly scooter subscription at a discounted price of $44.10 per month, in addition to the $50 registration fee that will be paid in total. Entirely by Google.  Scooter subscriptions will also be added as a transportation option to Google's internal employee portal, and Google and Onagi will host demonstration days for employees to try out the scooter at different office locations.  Employees must also use the scooter for at least 9 transfers per month to receive their full monthly subscription compensation.  In addition to Google's Mountain View headquarters, other eligible locations include Seattle, Kirkland, Irvine, Sunnyvale, Playa Vista, Austin and New York.  Hyman said Unagi has struck deals with other large employers, including Salesforce, to add electric scooters as a potential transportation feature for employees, either as compensation or at a discount. It also works with a number of hotels and residences.

Google is preparing to bring its employees back to the office this week. As an added bonus, they will be given free electric bikes (scooters) to help ease the transition, according to a report by The Verge.

The tech giant is teaming up with e-scooter maker Unagi to launch a new program called Ride Scoot, where most US Google workers can get reimbursed for the full cost of a monthly subscription to the Unagi One model. The stylish $990 is a lightweight, twin-motor scooter that has a top speed of 20 miles (32 kilometers) per hour and a range of 15.5 miles (25 kilometers). 

David Hayman, founder and CEO of Unagi, said the idea was to help Google employees get to work or even to the nearest bus stop, as Google is known for offering free bus service to its employees in Silicon Valley.

"They know there are concerns among the staff," Heymann added. "People are really used to working from home. Google is just trying to do everything they can to improve the return experience."


And after two years of changing work patterns due to the epidemic, and as it recedes, the number of companies returning to work offices doubles, putting them in conflict with the workforce that used to work at home.

Google has spent billions expanding its offices during the pandemic, in a sign that it is optimistic about employees eventually returning to work, and has indicated a willingness to spend money on perks to entice employees to return.

Google relied on free scooters as a potential incentive, and found Unagi a willing partner. In addition to raising more than $10 million in venture capital funding last year, the Auckland-based company launched a subscription alternative to equity.

For $49 a month, customers in select cities can have an Unagi One form delivered to their door. There is also a $50 subscription fee, but maintenance and insurance against theft or damage are included in the monthly fee.

However, Unagi will not only distribute free scooters to every Google employee, but plans to set up kiosks in various Google offices to register employees for a monthly scooter subscription at a discounted price of $44.10 per month, in addition to the $50 registration fee that will be paid in total. Entirely by Google.

Scooter subscriptions will also be added as a transportation option to Google's internal employee portal, and Google and Onagi will host demonstration days for employees to try out the scooter at different office locations.

Employees must also use the scooter for at least 9 transfers per month to receive their full monthly subscription compensation.

In addition to Google's Mountain View headquarters, other eligible locations include Seattle, Kirkland, Irvine, Sunnyvale, Playa Vista, Austin and New York.

Hyman said Unagi has struck deals with other large employers, including Salesforce, to add electric scooters as a potential transportation feature for employees, either as compensation or at a discount. It also works with a number of hotels and residences.
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