When you talk to people about Google (one of Ireland’s Best Large Workplaces 2012) the conversation will usually turn to their unique office environment complete with bean bags. But what many people don’t realise is the role that this office environment plays in the success of this organisation.
Yes, there is a reason for all this. Having an open plan office environment where employees can gather in an informal, relaxed space complete with the humble bean bag, encourages a culture of collaboration and innovation – key drivers of Google’s success.This environment has allowed employees like Christopher Lotebo and Filip Lidman (both Dublin based employees) develop their business idea.
“Our idea relates to how it is possible to create more relevant ads and content online using existing and new information. Google agreed that it has great revenue generating potential and helped us to apply for a patent in the US. It’s great to be able to realise an idea and receive support from your organisation in developing it,” says Filip.Just like Google, many more of Ireland’s Best Workplaces are seeing the value of adding areas like Chill Out Zones in to their office spaces to promote camaraderie and collaboration.So don’t ditch the bean bag – it too has an important role to play.To find out more about Google and Ireland’s Best Workplaces 2012 click here here.
Fiona Wilson is Senior Project Manager with Great Place to Work. In this role, Fiona heads up the Best Workplaces Assessment Team and is responsible for our annual Best Workplaces publication in the Irish Independent.