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Google employees who chose to work from home to receive pay cut

Five ways to keep employees engaged

The giant tech, Google has developed a pay calculator which will let employees who chose to work from home get a pay cut.

Some remote employees, especially those with a long commute, could have their pay cut without changing address.

According to the BBC report, the plan could letter be stretched to the United Kingdom as it applies in the United States at the moment.

“Our compensation packages have always been determined by location, and we always pay at the top of the local market based on where an employee works from,” a Google spokesperson said, adding that pay will differ from city to city and state to state.

Employees in many businesses have proved that working from home permanently is viable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many companies are looking ahead to how employees will work as the pandemic recedes, even as the US continues to battle the Delta variant of the disease.

Facebook and Twitter also cut pay for remote employees who move to less expensive areas, while smaller companies including Reddit and Zillow have shifted to location-agnostic pay models, citing advantages when it comes to hiring, retention and diversity.

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Silicon Valley firms, some of which are keen to get employees back to their desks, are experimenting with employee pay structures.

In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced last year a partnership between Telkom Kenya and the Google Loon Project to help boost internet coverage across the country to facilitate a work-from-home programme over the coronavirus crisis.

While addressing the nation at State House, the President said the companies had agreed to utilize Google Loon to boost 4G coverage in Kenya during the stay home order.

“I am pleased to announce that the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), has signed an agreement with Google Loon that allows Loon Balloons to fly over Kenyan Airspace. These balloons, which will hover well above our commercial airspace, carry 4G base stations and have the capacity to provide wider signal coverage.

 “This development will also enable Telkom Kenya Ltd (TKL) and Google Loon to start the commercial rollout of a 4G data network in the country as soon as the balloons are available on the Kenyan airspace. The two companies have been testing this service for the last two years,” the President stated.

And even as the Kenyan government eases coronavirus restrictions towards a fully reopening of economy, employers are urging employees to return to office, some with concerns that workers are more productive while under supervision.

“discipline is a real concern, some employees want to be followed on timely basis to deliver assignments,” said Metropol TV’s head of Administration, Ingrid Nantege.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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