Few businesses in the world’s history have had as profound an impact on human life in such a short period of time as Google.
Pause to consider that just 15 years ago, Google’s search engine, now used globally over 100 billion times a month, didn’t exist. Products most of us take for granted, including Google Maps, Gmail, Translator, Google Earth, and Android all were created since 1998 when Larry Page and Sergey Brin cofounded the firm with the soaring ambition of making the world’s information available to everyone.
To punctuate the obvious, Google’s inventive achievements in a mere decade and a half are simply stunning.
But in Google’s short lifespan, it has also grown from a two-man startup to an organization with nearly 37,000 employees in 40 different countries. This notable and relentless workforce expansion begs the very important question: How have they successfully managed and integrated all these new people while concurrently motivating them to be consistently loyal, ambitious, innovative, and productive?
Here are highlights:
1. Being a great place to work is in Google’s DNA.
2. Google ensures people have inspiring work.
3. Employees have uncommon freedom and control of their time.
4. Google is a democracy and employees are given a significant voice.