Perks That Place Some Companies (Like Google) in the “Best Places to Work” Category
By now chances are you’ve heard of the dozen or so lists of “Best Companies To Work For” compiled by both business media and industry (jobs) community groups.
These lists have been published and circulated for quite some time now and a few companies have surfaced as year-to-year favorites.
These popular firms have earned their status as companies which lavish special attention on their employees. Of course, it now behooves them to maintain their excellent employer report card.
It’s worth noting that these companies are all sizeable, with 1,000 or more employees on their facilitites.
With such a stellar reputation at stake, these companies have wisely continued to score glowing marks by augmenting (and never, it seems, diminishing) their well-publicized TLC towards their workers.
For instance, the information technology behemoth, Google, has been in the top slot for so long now that would-be employees have come to expect, at the very minimum access to a gym 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (and did we mention that the membership fee is zip?); an amazing avante garde office décor that resembles, in some places, both a romper room and The London Bridge; breakfast, lunch and dinner that’s on the house (and can be had at all hours); stock equity and mini-kitchens stocked with snacks, and even a climbing wall. Of particular interest –and real career-fodder substance—are the extensive career resources and incredibly multi-layered opportunities for improvement and growth within the employee’s fied and interest.
In fact, every year seems to bring new announcements of ways that Google’s upper management has devised to woo and keep their employees. Because, after all, that IS the name of the game: these companies seek to attract and KEEP the crème of the crop or, as Google puts it: “The best talent and best people in the world, to work with.”
“Wow, those are some benefits!” you must be thinking.
Yep. Companies like Google give the coined term “perks” its perky connotation!
If you’d like to bring some of the aforementioned special treatment to the attention of your own management, why not examine a few more of those cushy benes? That way, you can give the powers-that-be a more extensive list, and give them more to choose from.
Hey, you never know! Your own company might earn a place in the ranking of “Best Places to Work”.
Ready? Here goes:
Google – In addition to all of the above, you’ll never have to schedule time during your lunch hour for a hair trim. (Hey, if you go to a particularly fashionable or trendy stylist, the waiting time might even eat into your precious hour away from the office!) That’s because Google has arranged for especially gifted hair designers to coif their employees. Yep, it’s a case of Google’s pairing the “best” with the “best”. And, once again, it’s no-fee, or completely gratis.
But wait: there’s another angle to this approach. Google – and, in a bid to follow suit, perhaps, other Silicon Valley giants – seem to have put the following logic into play: if you give your staff most of what it needs, it will linger around the office during work hours—including lunch times–and even into evening and weekend hours. And lo and behold, this is exactly what management has been observing: employees are not clock watchers, and they don’t rush home at the end of the day.
Along this line of thought, popular perks among this category of employer have been built up to include:
Swimming pools. Remember our mentioning that Google provides free and constant-access to an on-site exercise facility? Well, we’ll elaborate on that idea a bit: there’s also a swim-in-place swimming pool. AND massage rooms (for a partially subsidized therapeutic massage).
There’s also something known as the “Twenty Percent Time” assignment. The idea is to push away from your standard workload just long enough to keep your outlook fresh and renewed upon your return. The “Twenty Percent Time” project has been developed to enable you to work on ANYTHING UNRELATED to your day-to-day work for one day a week, or twenty percent of your time during those days.
This idea been implemented by many other large companies, and is credited with being the source of inspiration in the case of many novel and beneficial concepts, i.e., new products for the company line.
Hey, all these perks have managed to work for Google and other successful companies. Why not yours? We’re rooting for you!