Business Lessons from Google’s Private Bowling Alley

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.

Reduce Turnover

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.

Boost Focus

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 dayna@langsbowlarama.com to set up an unforgettable event!

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Why Off-Beat Brides Love a Bowling Bash

Every year, more couples decide to forego tradition and get married in more unique and creative ways. For example, we know of a friend who recently proposed to his fiancé by giving her a KitchenAid Mixer rather than a traditional engagement ring. Can you imagine how creative their special day will be? Rec_0397.jpg

Although weddings remain a multi-billion dollar industry, a new trend has emerged. Couples choose to shirk the consumerist mentality and focus on having fun – both for themselves and the guests. This often means doing things on a budget. And doing things their way without compromise.

Why Offbeat Weddings Are Trending

Not only has the internet bred a crafty, do-it-yourself subculture, it has shown people endless options on how to save money on almost anything – including weddings.

Not only does an offbeat wedding give you more autonomy, you create a unique wedding experience, and you stand to save thousands of dollars. Plus, it’ll be a memory of a lifetime that is yours alone.

Rec_0290Offbeat weddings save couples thousands and why does it save money? Because traditional wedding venues and services raise their prices as soon as you utter the word “wedding.” Sometimes the location rental alone can cost $5,000 to $15,000 – before you’ve done anything else!

But making it “DIY” can add hours of extra projects and tasks to your to-do list. That’s why more brides every year choose to host their weddings at unique venues like bowling alleys because the venues relieve some of the burden.

Dancing, Buffet, and Bowling

When she learned she would not get a raise, Rachel Sifuentes decided to host her 70-person wedding at a Chicago-area bowling alley.

“Luckily, everything turned out to be great,” Sifuentes told CNN. She saved money and had a blast hosting her bowling bash. With the cash she saved, she was able to invite more friends and loved ones and have a delicious Italian buffet.

Sifuentes worried that her guests might notice how much money she saved by going off the beaten path. She also didn’t want her special day “to be a tacky wedding.”

But as Sifuentes and her now-husband followed their attendees down the center bowling “aisle” through an artful bowling pin design that faded into the dimmed background, the offbeat bride’s worries melted away. Her special day was a dream come true. And guests danced the night away in between bowling games in her private area.

Rec_0315.jpgIn August of 2016, Lang’s Bowlarama hosted a 200 person wedding for a special couple. They were married off-site, but guests enjoyed cocktail hour in The Nelson Event Center, a 3 course seated meal, and danced and bowled the night away to a DJ. It was as fancy as any wedding could be – with beautiful linens and centerpieces, a sweetheart table on the actual lanes, and a beautiful cake and candy buffet display! Guests raved about it was one of the most fun weddings they’d ever been to, and at the end of the night they wanted to stay and bowl longer because they were having so much fun!

Look Back at an Amazing Memory

Weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. And couples will look back at their special day for the life of their relationship.Rec_0004.jpg

At Lang’s Bowlarama, we have experience hosting offbeat bowling weddings. We offer private accommodations and work with you to make your dream wedding happen. You’re dealing with enough stress, so we’ll do as much of the legwork for you as we can! Our on site Event Planner will help you with all the details to make the day go smoothly. Not ready to completely commit to a bowling wedding? Check out The Nelson Event Center for an unforgettable Engagement Party, Bachelor/ette Party, Bridal Shower or Rehearsal Dinner!

To hear more about our last successful wedding or to learn more, call 401-944-0500 and ask for Dayna! Or you can email her at dayna@langsbowlarama.com.