Source | THE TIMES OF INDIA : By Varuni Khosla
w years ago, a group of engineers at its India office wanted to improve Google’s mapping data and they came up with the idea that anyone who had an internet connection could contribute to making the maps better.
Today, Google, is globally stressing on employee freedom so that it can compete with talent from startups.
Google‘s Stacy Savides Sullivan, who is the company’s chief culture officer, spoke to ET about how the company stays away from the “conventional,” and wants to give freedom to its employees so that they are a happier lot, and this eventually helps the company retain its employees.
“We aren’t perfect and have our challenges. What has made it hard for us to hire today though, is, that a lot of people want to work in smaller companies and that’s something we’ve been trying to do in the way we’ve organized our product groups. Our other tech companies within the parent company Alphabet are being used to create entrepreneurial environments and employees can feel like they are contributing in a more impactful way,” said Sullivan.
The company has, however, noticed that it is getting more people from startups rather than losing them to startups. Keeping people on and being genuine with them is the next step for retention since an employee who feels safe will spark innovation, she said.
“We found that when we give people freedom, it’s amazing the things they can do.” The tech company also has in place a committee consisting of employees from different functions so as to figure out if the employee is a fit for the entire company and not just her job. “We don’t let the bar drop. A person who isn’t good for a team or a good team player, we’d rather not hire them,” she added.
Today, Google has over 70 offices in over 40 countries around the globe. But it’s not just the free food and a ‘fun’ work environment that the company is after. There are financial reasons behind all the perks that its employees get, including its famous cafeterias and micro kitchens in its offices globally.