- Google told employees they cannot expense free food or repurpose unused budgets from things such as cancelled events on perks such as fitness.
- The company added that workers can’t use extra funds to donate to charities or fundraisers of their choice.
- Employees discuss missing the perks culture to which they’ve grown accustomed.
Google employees won’t be able to expense food or gym costs while working from home — even if they have extra money from unused event or travel budgets.
The company issued an updated policy in the last week that states employees cannot expense perks while working from home, including food, fitness, home office furniture, decoration or gifts, according to materials viewed by CNBC.
The policy also states that employees cannot use unused budgets to do things like purchase meals for themselves or their teams during virtual meetings or donate to charities of their choice.
The clarification comes as some employees, who enjoyed a plethora of perks as one of their draws to the company, hoped they would be able to maintain some of these perks after they were ordered to work from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It also comes as executives tighten budgets ahead of what they characterized as a “difficult” Q2. CNBC previously reported that Google is cutting marketing budgets by as much as half, enacting hiring freezes on various parts across the company and pulling back on skills training resources for many of its workers.