For years, we’ve heard how Silicon Valley is an amazing place to work. With free lunches, napping pods, and games to be played at almost every corporate headquarters, it’s a mystery how any work gets done at all … or is it?
While corporate culture might seem incompatible with bowling alleys and ping pong tables, things have changed in the last decade or two. Now, companies want to focus on employees at every level – because they risk losing them to competitors who will appreciate them. Doing so reduces turnover and boosts loyalty.
Google understands this workplace trend and has stepped ahead of it. Let’s examine some business lessons from Google’s private bowling alley. See why it works for them, so you can improve your business.
Promote Team Building from Within
Since Google has a bowling alley at their corporate headquarters, Googleplex, in Mountain View, California, teams simply book time on the lanes and go roll a few strikes and spares together. Considered the most popular participatory sport in America, bowling has been proven to bring people together and forge relationships.
Want to know more? See our blog post about why bowling strengthens your business team.
Hiring a new employee is said to cost about 150 percent of that person’s first year of salary. When you tally up HR costs, employee turnover is expensive. When companies invest in their employees, turnover drops. Maybe the bowling alley at the Googleplex campus is a better investment than it appears to be on the surface.
Since employees are encouraged to have fun while on the job, Googlers aren’t dying to clock out at the end of the day. Instead, employees at Google work longer and harder without complaint. Since they can go bowl a few rounds during their corporate meeting, there’s no rush to get out by six.
Happy Employees = Happy Business Owners
A grumbling employee drags his feet through the day. One that feels appreciated and happy is excited and eager to get things done. While it can be difficult to measure this, small actions to improve workplace morale can produce a lasting impact. And simple appreciation events, like taking your team bowling, can make a difference.
Apply Google’s Business Lessons to Your Company
Since Google employs thousands of people, building a bowling alley in their corporate headquarters was a sound investment. For smaller companies, this just isn’t feasible. But borrowing from their lessons could be good for your business.
Instead of dedicating the ground floor of your office building to your own private lanes, book ours and we’ll set everything up for you. Take a hint from Google – Contact Dayna at 401.944.0500 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an unforgettable event!