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Girl writes letter asking Google to give dad day off

Little Girl Writes Letter Asking Google To Give Dad Day Off

When a little girl named Katie realized her dad was going to have to work on his birthday, she wrote a very cute and professional letter to his boss at Google.

CNET reports the letter, addressed "Dear Google Worker," explained that her dad only gets one day off work each week. NBC reports, "And she adds 'P.S. , it is daddy's birthday. P.P.S., it is summer, you know."

Words written in crayon have never been so persuasive.

According to The Blaze, the man's boss wrote Katie back, and even sweetened the deal, giving her dad his birthday off. CBS reports, "Google was so impressed that they wrote her back saying that they were giving him the entire first week off of July for a vacation."

Way to go, Katie, and way to go, Google. But only having one day a week off work as Katie's dad does isn't unusual for Google employees. A 2013 list by PayScale ranked the company as tied for fourth place for highest employee turnover. Long hours could be one cause for that.

Although the Bloomberg reports that despite the high turnover, 84 percent of the employees had a high level of job satisfaction. The Huffington Post reports, "The endless perks Google offers might help: three free meals a day, free haircuts, cutting-edge workout facilities, and even a ball pit designed like the logo of the Chrome browser."

Maybe if Katie writes another letter they'll let her come and play in it.

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katkelly57 June 23 2014 at 1:32 PM

Happy Birthday Katie's Daddy!!!

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Mike June 23 2014 at 1:27 PM

I'm tired of co-workers hiding behind their children to do less work.

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jgesselberty June 23 2014 at 1:36 PM

It's cheaper to offer perks to keep employees at work longer and more days, than it is to hire more people. It's not about being nice. It all boils down to the bottom line.

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Danny jgesselberty June 23 2014 at 3:04 PM

Yeah always cheaper for a company to pay overtime then hire more people.

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d1anaw jgesselberty June 23 2014 at 3:29 PM

Clearly you aren't an MBA candidate.

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hpycmpr155 June 23 2014 at 1:51 PM

Something the Greatest Generation would NEVER have ever imagined.
And you wonder why we are a nation of wimps and cry babies. .

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J L Murrell June 23 2014 at 1:47 PM

There is something wrong when an article is written giving an "atta boy" to a company that values a BALL PIT (eyes rolling), 3 free meals (long hours), and free haircuts (also long hours) over family time.

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savannahswithgod J L Murrell June 23 2014 at 5:04 PM

Well that's better than the Religious college accusing the housekeepers of stealing the sheets that never came in. Also a Physical Plant manager ragging us all out as we did nothing until he saw what we did, then he was gracious enough to apologize.

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phantastic1 June 23 2014 at 3:51 PM

No job should work people 6 days a week. One day a week off to rejuvenate is not healthy mentally or physically. I am very surprised that a corporation the size of Google, and with all the other perks Google offers its employees, that they do not have a shorter workweek and more vacation time.

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savannahswithgod phantastic1 June 23 2014 at 5:06 PM

All jobs should actually be 4 days a week at 9 hours, 3 days off. Funny how we have advanced to working more. The Biz World you can't shoot them and you can't shoot them, even if you had enough bullets?

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Lisa savannahswithgod June 23 2014 at 6:00 PM

4 days of 9 hours isn't a 40 hour week. That would be 10 hour days. Plus a lunch and breaks, that makes it at least 11 hours (1/2 hour lunch, 2 15 minute breaks - although legally a 10 hour day would need more break time). No thanks. 8 plus half an hour for lunch is long enough! I don't think my feet could take more.

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karebear1952 phantastic1 June 23 2014 at 8:33 PM

I work 6 days a week, 65 hours a week. I'd rather do that than be at home.

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vrf19977 June 23 2014 at 2:40 PM

Good job, Katie. Hopefully, your dad will escape the high-tech slave market of Google altogether one day! They think that "perks" like a friggin' ball pit for adults can make up for keeping a father away from his family 6 days a week. It's disgusting. If you value your employees, value their home and family life as well. My husband works in the tech industry and it's the same thing; "perks" galore, as long as you slave for them 24 hours a day and your family never "gets in the way" of your career.

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dieseljml June 23 2014 at 2:47 PM

Good for Google! Just look at the PR they got from all of this! Why not give everyone in the company the day off if their birthday falls during the week! Better to give them the day off than have them call in sick!

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mielkele dieseljml June 23 2014 at 4:57 PM

I don't think telling the world that employees work 6 days a week is good PR.

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BlessedWithABrain June 23 2014 at 5:18 PM

There are lots of people who would gladly take that job and wouldn't complain. Anyone who thinks they are somehow "entitled" to days off, huge wages, special perks,etc. are simply misguided fools. Most people grow up at about 21; after that your birthday is just another day and you're not "entitled" to the day off. When are people going to begin to understand that SOMEONE has to pay for all those days off, perks, lunches and everything people demand now - and it all comes down to the consumer. sheesh, people.. the perk fairy doesn't pay for that stuff. Most businesses struggle to maintain a 10% OR LESS profit margin; they have bills to pay and equipment to buy and federal regulations and taxes to meet. It's not all about wages and what the employees can get - you folks who are slamming businesses for not providing for your every whim need to educate yourselves on how a business works. Then maybe you'll be less self-involved.

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blucola BlessedWithABrain June 24 2014 at 1:41 AM

Having a day off is a perk? I am very happy I don't work with you! The company I work for understands how important time off is for our physical and mental health.

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patriot1too June 23 2014 at 5:23 PM

There is no greater love then the love of a father for his child and a child for their father. This is no more then some PR stunt by that big brother googgle mess.

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