Google fired 31 massage therapists amid mass layoffs

  • Google laid off 31 massage therapists in California, according to state documents.
  • The massage therapists were among the 12,000 employees Google laid off last Friday.
  • Google has cut several employee benefits in recent months as it cuts costs.

Google employees who managed to avoid mass layoffs last week may need to continue doing their jobs without on-site massages.

Of the 12,000 employees Google laid off last Friday, 31 of them were California-based massage therapists, according to WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notices Google filed with California on Jan. 20.

Twenty-seven massage therapists were fired from Google’s Mountain View office, the documents show. Two more were based in Los Angeles and one in San Bruno and Irvine.

WARN’s presentations present the breadth of Google’s layoffs. The California staff who have lost their jobs include members of the company’s corporate board, a diversity specialist, recruiting specialists and dozens of directors in various divisions.

The CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, Sundar Pichai, told staff he took “full responsibility” for the layoffs.

“The fact that these changes will affect the lives of Google employees weighs heavily on me, and I take full responsibility for the decisions that led us here,” Pichai wrote in an emailed memo to his staff last Friday.

Google did not respond to Insider’s request for comment prior to publication.

Google, which is known for its generous staff benefits, gave employees free massages based on their performance.

The decision to lay off several massage therapists comes as the company moves to remove other benefits from the office as part of its cost-cutting measures.

In recent months, Google has reduced its spending on employee travel, restricting it to only “business-critical” travel and not allowing travel for off-site social events or team meetings.

Zac Bowling, a Google engineer who was fired on Friday, told Insider that the benefits had gotten “less interesting” during his eight years with the company.

Google isn’t the only tech titan cutting back on its advantages.

Meta, which cut tens of thousands of jobs late last year, cut health and wellness benefits by $1,000, eliminated free on-site laundry and ended a Lyft subsidy program worth $200 a month.

And Twitter, which has laid off thousands of workers since Elon Musk took office in October, has stopped paying the costs of home Internet and Wi-Fi, training and development programs, and Camp Twitter, an all-inclusive group event. the company.