How Does Google Create a Great Atmosphere?

Google has taken great pains to create an atmosphere that promotes fun, creativity and accomplishing audacious goals. They do this because they understand people’s needs. People need to work in a place that cares about them.

Google shows they care in many ways. Their perks include:

  • 11 free gourmet cafeterias
  • Employee lounges
  • Massage services
  • Free laundry and dry cleaning
  • Oil change service
  • Personal concierge to place dinner reservations
  • Weekly TGIF Parties
  • Top quality speakers visiting on a regular basis

The list goes on and on. I think these are great perks, but the best part of working at Google is the ability to accomplish great things with great people. After every Google employee’s career comes to a close I guarantee they’ll remember two things:

  • The people they worked with
  • The things they accomplished.

I doubt that they will remember a particular meal or oil change five years later. I can’t remember my oil changes three years ago. Heck, I can’t remember what I had for dinner last Tuesday. I can remember most of my bosses and co-workers from every job I’ve had. That’s why you have to create an environment that encourages people to get to know each other and share their ideas.

Google has built a family that supports each other in every thing they do. They all believe in the vision and work their butts off to make it a reality.

You can build this same camaraderie at your company by showing your employees that you care. It’s about asking them about their family and actually listening. You might be surprised how much an employee wants to talk about their personal life. I guarantee you’ll get a better understanding of how to lead them.

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  1. I love the way google treats their business. It shows they are serious about the future of their business.

    Tom – StandOutBlogger.com’s last blog post..Your Thoughts On Twitter

  2. Hi Tom, Google is a brilliant company. Many companies should learn from their example.

  3. You bring up a great point Karl – even with all the “perks” – it’s the human connection that really makes all the difference. I think that the perks, while nice additions, also can help to build and nurture that human connection. And there’s real power in that!

    Lance’s last blog post..And The Word Is?

  4. Hi Lance, we need good relationships to have work feel satisfying. A ambulance driver may be saving lives, but if he works with a bunch of assholes then it doesn’t matter how much he loves the work. That ambulance driver will be looking for work somewhere else.

  5. Tom Volkar / Delightful Work says:

    Nice work Karl. I like how you’re leveraging that Google wisdom in servie to your readers.

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Work’s last blog post..Be Authentic and Grow Rich

  6. Hi Karl. I got the point. The key is win employees’ heart. Fulfilling employees satisfaction will bring up to customer satisfaction.
    That’s why Google has been growing into one of greatest companies around the world. They are very care about their people.

    Arswino’s last blog post..If You Don’t Sacrifice Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

  7. The perks are great and they actually are the catalyst for the human connection that we need at the workplace because without these perks they won’t have a place to socialize in a relax and non-threatening manner.

    chris’s last blog post..Flip, Roll, Wipe

  8. Hi Karl – I must admit, I’ve never heard a negative thing on how Google treats their employees. They apparently know the secret to keeping them happy (and healthy). I’m guessing their turnover is very low.

    I agree, although perks are great, it’s the people we will always remember.

    Barbara Swafford – Blogging Without A Blog’s last blog post..Attract Readers – Make Your Blog A Safe Haven

  9. Hi Arswino, the two keys are caring and actually listening. Not many companies are good at both.

    Chris, being a catalyst for human connection is a great way to put it.

    Hi Tom, I just took Google’s great work and put a spotlight on it.

    Hi Barbara, it’s all about the relationships. The more we connect with the people we work with the more enjoyable work becomes.

  10. I always apply to jobs at Google with the hope of hearing back from them to no avail. 🙂 I have visited the campus a couple times (had a friend who worked there) and I can see why people love working for them.

    Carla’s last blog post..Does Eating Organic Mean Going Broke?

  11. Karl, thank you for the good post. My oppinion Google is a great company. They know how to combine business and fun.

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