Google is an unconventional company with a huge stake in our online lives. Have you ever wondered how the company manages to maintain its innovative capacity? A major factor is the importance placed on the individual. It doesn’t take much research to understand that the status of the individual is very strong at Google.
- The “Chief Culture Officer” is an actual job title at Google. His or her main responsibility is to retain the company’s unique culture: flat organization, no hierarchy and a collaborative environment. It has local culture teams all over the world.
- If a Google employee dies, their spouse gets half pay for 10 years.
A new mother can take up to 4.5 months of paid leave after giving birth, and a new father can take up to 6 weeks of paid leave.
- Employees are encouraged to use 20% of their productivity on brainstorming new ideas. It helps individuals apply their creativity and align it with the company philosophy. Google News is an example of a project that grew from this working model
- Shared Set of Values: Changing the world through the internet, being non-political, and “Don’t Be Evil” are are three of them. Such values obviously resonate with many of us and can explain employees’ adherence to the company’s philosophy. These core values instilled by the founders are integrated into the company culture and distilled in the management style.
- Attitudes: Google rents goats! Yes, you read that right. Sometimes Google uses the help of some hungry goats to chomp weeds and keep their lawns in shape. That’s an eco-friendly alternative to herbacides and lawn mowers …..
- In the year 2013 alone, they acquired 35 startups, that’s about 3 per month. One of these is Nest – the programmable digital thermostat which connects to Wi-Fi. It also features an app to connect to your thermostat from a phone.