Blogging from Silicon Valley: Google impresses and inspires

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Google’s headquarters are filled with elements and amenities not found in a typical workplace: vibrant colours, organic gardens, pet-friendly zones, bicycles, food stations and restaurants.

University of Ottawa Telfer EMBA student Melissa Olegario.

University of Ottawa Telfer EMBA students were treated to a tour of the campus, an hour-long question-and-answer session and a trip to the Google souvenir store.

Google employees are issued MacBook Pros and, as long as they are on campus, have access to complimentary meals and snacks from well-stocked food stations and multiple cafeterias.

They are encouraged to bike to work and participate in team-building intramural sports such as beach volleyball and laser tag.  They can also grow organic food on campus, much of which makes its way back into the cafeteria supply.

Google employees are also treated to a long list of perks, including awesome employee and family benefits.

These are old concepts, made effective with the purpose of inspiring the best in productivity.  It is cool that Google does it so well.  As our tour guides often said, “Why would I ever want to leave?”

– By Melissa Olegario

This article is the fourth in a series on the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management Executive MBA class trip to the Silicon Valley. The trip is part of the EMBA curriculum on "Innovation and Entrepreneurship."

Organizations: Google, University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management Executive MBA

Geographic location: Silicon Valley

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