While looking through the old blog posts I came across one entitled “The Workplace”. In this blog entry the author discusses how employees are products of their workspace. The author mentions statistics in which individuals included in a survey confirmed that they would work an extra hour each day if their work environment were improved. Another point that was mentioned is that work space is also important to clients. Some employees were not comfortable bringing in clientele to their office space. A great point that the author leaves us with is that people are a firms cost inside a work environment; how much are firms willing to leverage human capital?
I think this is a fantastic point and it immediately draws me to a company like Google. Google’s headquarters is known as the Googleplex and it is a place that encourages innovation right through the decor. It’s not strange to see employees scootering to meetings down the halls. Every department is encouraged to decorate their area in any way they would like. It’s not frowned upon to take a break and play a recreational game of pool. In the cafe healthy eating habits are encouraged through the choices of the food. All this and more is done to boost employee morale and innovation. Google clearly is in a league of its own when it comes to product and idea generation. Programs like Gmail and Picasa were not assigned for employees to create they created them on their own time as they are usually encouraged to do. Google execs did not decide to put a pool table in the middle of the office to just give their employees a break now and then they did for strategic purposes. It’s the same principle that people cannot concentrate for an elongated period of time or their work is at risk of becoming stagnant. Minds need recreational time to encourage their thought process.