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Google Staff Can Get Laundry Done for Them

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Google was just named the number one place to work in America, and really, is it any wonder when they have people cleaning employees' apartments and doing laundry?

Between 20 percent time projects, fantastic cafeterias and scooters to get around the building, it's easy to see why the work environment at Google is envied by many. And, if you thought you were green with envy before, how about we turn you into a green-eyed monster with this next one? Google has teamed up with TaskRabbit, an online service that brokers odd jobs in selected major cities around the country, to do employees' chores outside the office. Tasks they'll do range from assembling IKEA furniture, doing your laundry and walking your dog. Having someone do your odd jobs couldn't be easier. You just pick a task and state how much you're willing to pay to have it done. Then, one of TaskRabbits 'runners' accepts the job, and you pay once they're finished. Easy-peasy!

However handy this service may be for individuals, Gawker reports that Google is using it in a whole new way: as a perk for employees. Yes, the search giant is apparently awarding staff TaskRabbit credits. Founder Leah Busque spoke to Gawker and while she didn't go into details (such as how much Google is paying for jobs), she did confirm that they have a partnership with Google to provide staff with this perk and said Google isn't alone in offering this service to employees.

"We are working with other companies to roll out the deal to their employees as well," Busque told Gawker. "The perks are obvious - employees get the extra help they need and some work life balance, while companies get happy and loyal employees that are more focused on their work (without the stresses of the 'little' stuff)."

And I thought I had it good because working from home means I can do laundry at lunch. Guess I'll just have to console myself by napping at lunchtime instead.

Source: Gawker

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    Travis Beane , October 29, 2010 2:00 AM
    I.HATE.MY.LIFE

    Were do I apply?
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    stevelord , October 29, 2010 3:12 AM
    Sorry, I learned NOT to let someone else do my laundry when I was in the military.
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    TemjinGold , October 29, 2010 2:10 AM
    This is brilliant. Free up employees from their menial chores and that allows them to be more productive at work. Way to go, Google!
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  • 24 Hide
    Travis Beane , October 29, 2010 2:00 AM
    I.HATE.MY.LIFE

    Were do I apply?
  • 19 Hide
    plznote , October 29, 2010 2:04 AM
    Better get my resume ready.....
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    TemjinGold , October 29, 2010 2:10 AM
    This is brilliant. Free up employees from their menial chores and that allows them to be more productive at work. Way to go, Google!
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    Darkk , October 29, 2010 2:32 AM
    I guess this is one way for Google to go through their employee's dirty laundry!

    Darkk
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    hunter315 , October 29, 2010 2:44 AM
    I can get someone to assemble IKEA furniture for me? Sign me up!
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    znegval , October 29, 2010 2:50 AM
    I wonder what kind of a resume I need to get hired by Google.
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    stevelord , October 29, 2010 3:12 AM
    Sorry, I learned NOT to let someone else do my laundry when I was in the military.
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    pythy , October 29, 2010 3:13 AM
    Google was named the number one place to work just in America?
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    zozzlhandler , October 29, 2010 3:17 AM
    A *really* good one.
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    lolsir , October 29, 2010 3:34 AM
    Whats the requirement to work for google? i m no life btw
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    afrobacon , October 29, 2010 3:52 AM
    I wonder what degrees will look best on my application...
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    scryer_360 , October 29, 2010 3:55 AM
    @znegval:
    It might start something like "Rhodes Scholar."
    That would get you in the door, past the resume screeners.
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    scryer_360 , October 29, 2010 3:57 AM
    pythyGoogle was named the number one place to work just in America?

    The thing is, well, lets examine other countries. In France, if a woman gets pregnant, the government pays for someone to do her laundry. She never has to fill out insurance paperwork, and contrary to Glen Beck, she can get into a hospital practically whenever she needs.

    Companies have to offer benefits more enticing than THAT, since those are givens.
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    rbarone69 , October 29, 2010 4:05 AM
    Lol... I just had to!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11271575@N05/2171350584/
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    miicah , October 29, 2010 4:43 AM
    Please bring this service outside the US :D 
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    Assmar , October 29, 2010 4:45 AM
    Travis BeaneI.HATE.MY.LIFEWere do I apply?

    Awww... Sorry baby, basic spelling skills are a must.
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    coldtortilla , October 29, 2010 4:54 AM
    Can't anyone see that there trying to distract us all, there secretly taking overt the world(while their doing your laundry) ;) 
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    Griffolion , October 29, 2010 8:16 AM
    znegvalI wonder what kind of a resume I need to get hired by Google.


    You just need to invent an instant search feature for Youtube and you should get the job offer via twitter... oh wait. Lol :) 
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    molo9000 , October 29, 2010 8:44 AM
    Google is working very hard on their "Don't be evil" image, yet google analytics is gathering data about us as we surf this very website.
    Yes, even tom's ... runs google analytics and sends the information back to big brother google.
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    uruquiora , October 29, 2010 9:47 AM
    scryer_360The thing is, well, lets examine other countries. In France, if a woman gets pregnant, the government pays for someone to do her laundry. She never has to fill out insurance paperwork, and contrary to Glen Beck, she can get into a hospital practically whenever she needs.Companies have to offer benefits more enticing than THAT, since those are givens.

    Err... not really no.. sorry i'm french, never heard of that...
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