Google the Best Place to Work, and its Organizational Environment
BUS 322: Organizational Behavior
Richard M. Lorah
Professor Kristian N. Morales
There are a lot of great companies to work for in the world today. Organizational behavior plays a big role in how well the company operates, how great the employees feel and how well the company can be competitive in the global market. The company of my choosing was Google because it seemed to be an interesting company to write about.
Google is the leading search engine in the world, and also is a leading technological innovation company with many projects that are geared for a more advanced world of living. Another cool ...view middle of the document...
This structure is a vertical approach to management where the decision making is done at the top and orders are sent down to the operational employees at the bottom of the organizational hierarchy. Operative employees do not have much say in the organization’s operations. Google uses a cross-functional organizational structure combined with a unique philosophy. Their cross-functional organizational structure is more of a team approach to management and is structured horizontally. Google believes every employee is a hands-on contributor and everyone is an equally important part of Google’s success.
Workforce diversity at Google seems to be a great approach and philosophy to recruiting the best and most diverse talent. Having a diversity of perspectives leads to better decision-making, more relevant products, and makes work a whole lot more interesting (Google Diversity, 2014). Google has many people and policies programs in place to help foster growth and create a more fair and inclusive Google.
Some of these programs include the Science of Inclusion, which is a group of workshops that Googlers are encouraged to attend that focus on the science on how the brain works. Research shows that when we are more aware of our unconscious bias, we can make more objective decisions. In 2013, more than 20,000 Googlers (nearly half of our Googlers) engaged in workshops that focus on the Science of Inclusion (Google Diversity, 2014). This created a company-wide dialogue around how unconscious bias can affect perceptions of others, interactions with coworkers and clients, and the business overall. “We hope our focus on making the unconscious conscious will not only foster a more inclusive workplace, but also make us a better company.”(Google Diversity, 2014).
Another peoples and policies program in place is the Google benefits program which is not all about just health and dental. “We believe in removing barriers so Googlers can focus on the things and people they love, and that it’s important to provide benefits that serve the unique needs of our Googlers.” (Google Diversity, 2014) Some of the most talked-about benefits include Google’s caregiver leave program and our LGBT policies. Google also has many more peoples programs in place such as the Asian Googler Network, the Black Googler Network, Gayglers Network and also the Veterans Network which involve uniting many races and backgrounds together to work as one race. The human race!
When it comes to the organizational environment of technological innovation, that is something Google takes pretty seriously. Google has established yet another system to create a long lasting optimistic spirit of innovation. This system is called the Eight Pillars of Innovation which is not only an awesome system but great words of wisdom to live by. The greatest innovations are the ones we take for granted, like light bulbs, refrigeration and penicillin. But in a world where the miraculous very quickly...