Work Life Balance at Google

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Work Life Balance

Work-life balance entails a proper prioritizing between "work" ( primarily career and aspirations ) and "lifestyle" ( pertaining to leisure, health, family and personal development ) activities. Of late, the organizations have come to realize the importance of work-life balance to improve productivity. The research by Kenexa Research Institute (2007) showed that the companies genuinely inclined towards efforts to support work-life balance in an organization indicated much lesser turnover, greater pride in the brand of the organization and the willingness to give the extra bit to work. It also indicated greater job satisfaction and recommendations to peers about the company. The norms of employer is usually offering a range of programs and initiatives like casual and telecommuting work, flexible work arrangements, compulsory leave, maximum leave and fostering environment that encourages employees not to continue working after hours. Though a prominent flaw in the whole purpose of the code of work-life balance is that it is generally only highly skilled workers that can enjoy such benefits as written in their contracts. Usually less skilled workers almost always have to rely on bare minimum legal requirements.

Practices at Google

TGIF
Google strives to maintain the open culture often associated with startups, in which everyone is a hands-on contributor and feels comfortable sharing ideas and opinions. In their weekly all-hands “TGIF” meetings usually over email or in the cafe 'Googlers' ask questions directly to Larry, Sergey and other execs about any number of company issues. The offices and cafes are designed to encourage interactions between Googlers within and across teams, and to spark conversation about work as well as play. Transparency and Openness

Googlers live and breathe a culture of openness. Their commitment to innovation depends on everyone being...
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