Think of the best company you have ever worked for: what made you stay? Why did you enjoy your time with this company? What made this company tick? If you have ever worked for a company you did not enjoy, what did you not like about? Why have you decided to leave and look for new opportunities?
Some things that may have come to mind, in regard to likes and dislikes with past and even present companies, may have been management style and beliefs, the goals and purpose of the company, the working environment, company policies, and work/life balance. All of these factors contribute to the overall culture of a company and have an impact on whether or not someone will stay with an organization. A company’s culture and climate can actually play a huge part in a number of organizational factors including employee turnover, overall employee performance, and whether or not employees are satisfied with their jobs.
One company that seems to be getting the whole organizational culture thing right is Google. It seems everyone is talking about how awesome it is to work for Google, without even really knowing what it is like to work at Google! Why is that?
One of the major ways in which Google stands out from other companies is in its culture. The analogy of comparing apples to oranges doesn’t even do justice when differentiating Google’s company culture from your average corporate company culture, and Google makes it known that their employees have it good. Google’s website states, “It’s all about removing barriers so ‘Googlers’ can focus on the things they love, both inside and outside of work. We’re constantly searching for unique ways to improve the health and happiness of our Googlers.”
Google offers out-of-the-box benefits to their employees, going above and beyond the norm in multiple areas. For starters, new parents are given extra spending money to help with all of the costs associated with a new baby along with receiving paid time off. Google also has on-site doctors and nurses in an effort to provide convenient and comprehensive health care to their employees. Google employees can receive three complimentary meals a day, and some of the other reported available perks and benefits include nap portals (you guessed it – for napping), laundry rooms, and hair dressers, all on site.
The working environment philosophy at Google is another force to be reckoned with. If you are all about sliding down a slide to get to your next meeting, holding a meeting in an egg-shaped meeting room, and taking breaks from work to bowl a few games at the office bowling alley, then Google is definitely up your alley!
The working environment at Google’s offices are designed with fun and freedom in mind, and this most definitely rubs off on its employees. When adding up all of the different perks and benefits that Google has to offer, it’s no wonder that Google was named the best company to work for by Fortune Magazine and Great Place to Work Institute for the fifth time in 2014.
Why Organizational Commitment is Important
In its simplest terms, organizational commitment is the extent to which employees feel committed and in alignment with their organization in areas such as values and beliefs. The attachment between an employee and their organization is dependent upon several job factors, including company culture and climate. The link between culture and organizational commitment is important because as most companies know, turnover is costly in a number of ways.
Companies should place importance on fostering a company culture that is more attractive and valuable to their employees. Now, this is not to say that all companies should be taking the measures that Google takes (it would be nice, though!), but merely to place more of a focus and importance on company culture.