If there is one company in the world I have a crush on and long to work for, it is Google. If for no other reason, for the simple fact that work there is fun and they have a happy culture in place. Talk about having a cool office to work in? Google comes to mind.
It doesn’t have all the “seriousness” that comes with the regular business look. Instead of the shirt, tie and briefcase approach, companies like Google go for the sneakers, casual and playful approach to work and this has worked great for them. A majority of their employees, in fact about “86% of Google employees say they are either extremely satisfied or fairly satisfied with their job”, according to PayScale.
In his book, Work Rules! former Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, Laszlo Bock, explained that constant innovation, experimenting and keeping things fun are the keys to Google’s success as a workplace. “What’s beautiful about this approach is that a great environment is a self-reinforcing one: All of these efforts support one another, and together create an organization that is creative, fun, hardworking, and highly productive,” he writes.
The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, are committed to “save employees considerable time and improve their health and productivity”. Hence the extensive list of perks – free breakfast, lunch and snacks, massages, breaks for parents, games, fitness and gym classes, support system, to mention but a few. All of these are done to “achieve efficiency, promote community, and spur innovation”.
And sure, they have it. The funny thing is that they don’t spend much on all these perks as one would assume.
It doesn’t take much to create employee satisfaction and get them hooked on your business like foodies addicted to foods. A fun work environment would work well with any and every employee because it causes them to relax and be creative. In that state, they generate better and more productive outputs which is highly beneficial for your business.
A happy workplace means happy employees and therefore a happy business.
You don’t want to joke with this as an entrepreneur. Now, you must not try to be like Google or overstretch your budget to provide these perks for your employees. Do things that work for your business. Just be sure to incorporate fun and relaxation into your company culture.
Set the trend for a happy office culture and a fun workplace in your business niche. Let your employees be the happiest in the business world and let people wonder, “Why are they always happy?”
Dale Carnegie said, “People hardly succeed except they have fun in what they are doing”.