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I have a hilarious story about this from Google:

I wanted second 30" monitor, so I filed a ticket. They sent me long email listing reasons why I shouldn't get a second monitor, including (numbers are approximate, employee count from 2013 or so) "If every googler gets an extra monitor, in a year it would be equivalent to driving Toyota Camry for 18000 miles."

I'm thinking "this can't possible be right", so I spend some time calculating, and it turned out to be approximately correct. So I'm thinking, "we should hire one less person and give everyone an extra monitor!". I replied "yes, I understand, go ahead and give me an extra monitor anyway". They replied "we'll require triple management approval!". Me: "please proceed". First two managers approved the request, director emails me "Why I'm bother with this?". Me: "they want your approval to give me second monitor", him: "whatever".

And finally few days later I got a second monitor...




> They sent me long email listing reasons why I shouldn't get a second monitor

I had no idea Google was so cheap. Gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day? No problem. A couple hundred bucks for a second monitor? Uh... it's not about the money, we're, uh, concerned about the environment.


> Gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day? No problem.

These eke a few more hours of work out of you per day.

> A couple hundred bucks for a second monitor?

Arguments about productivity aside (I agree, more productive), these don't.


To be fair back then decent 30" monitors were around $800-$1000. (Also, it's just normal food, not "gourmet".)


But it’s certainly a step up from standard corporate catering




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