Google has been atop the throne of company culture for as long as we've used "Google" as a verb. The legendary work environment is so well known that it’s now being featured in the comedy hit The Internship. Besides laughs, this movie also gives us an inside look at the wonders of the Googleplex. Ashely Lee sums up seven lessons that leaders can take from this movie- and from Google- about how to create a culture that allows employees to thrive.
Employee engagement is crucial to happiness, culture and talent retention. Reese Haydon concludes that it’s also key to a company’s bottom line. The article includes a ton of surprising figures, including the stat that companies that have engaged employees grow profits as much as three times faster than their competitors. Haydon concludes, "If companies want to bolster productivity and profitability, increase customer loyalty and operating income, and slash attrition and disengagement losses, they have to engage employees." We're not sure what could be a stronger argument for employee engagement!
Companies can focus on systems and measurement so obsessively that they neglect the most important factor in driving innovation: developing leaders. Henry Doss opines why nurturing leaders within the company allows for any systems put in place to be much more successful. Systems without effective leadership simply fall flat. Using three examples, trust, diversity and risk, Doss’ argument is a compelling read for all leaders who have struggled with sluggish innovation.