Google & Employee Incentives

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Introduction There are very few companies in the world that are successful in two realms: its personnel realm and the business realm. It has become common knowledge that Google’s employees love working at Google. They don’t simply like it, they love it. Many of Google’s employees are computer programmers and coders, and it takes more than money to both motivate them and keep them content. Google’s original “campus” in Mountain View, California, otherwise known as GooglePlex, offers employees everything they may need or want – and more – leaving them with little reason to go home at all. It is abundantly clear that this costly approach has paid huge dividends to Google. Google’s very public relationship with its employees has been a…show more content…
The reality is, Google offers even more to its employees. In November 1999, Google hired its first full time chef, Charlie Ayers, who was previously the chef for the Grateful Dead. Ayers won a cook-off competition with other contestants and what was then 40 employees chose him. Google now has over 30,000 employees around the globe. According to Jordan Newman, a Google spokesman, Google’s goal is “to create the happiest, most productive workplace in the world.” In order to do so, it has created a workplace where there are massages, on-site dry cleaning, yoga classes, gourmet cafes, daycare, transportation services, car wash and oil changes, foreign language classes, and health care facilities – all for free. This doesn’t include the Lego play rooms, TGIF drinking days, secret rooms behind bookcases, and couches that consist of rowboats with cushions. This also doesn’t scratch the surface of what is likely the most envied element of engineers’ jobs at Google: the 20% rule. This rule requires that engineers spend 20% of their time – or one day each week – on any project that he or she chooses. In fact, Gmail was created in the twenty percent time, and it took years of convincing to get Google to go through with it, only because they were afraid of stretching themselves too thin and extending themselves into areas that they were not previously focused on. Clearly though, they bought into it in the end, and it worked. However, make no mistake: Google
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