It’s harder to get a job at Google than it is to get into Harvard. In this post, we reveal what makes it so attractive — and how you can apply the recruiting strategies to your own company.
If you’re a recruiter, you may think Google has it easy.
After all, a recent Forbes article revealed that two million people apply each year — making getting a job there more competitive than getting into Harvard.
But WHY do so many people apply to Google each year?
The Forbes piece lists 15 reasons, making it clear it’s not just because it’s famous, or because it offers good pay. It’s because Google has created a community where people enjoy working.
So, how can you make more company more like Google? From the list, we’ve selected five Google strategies you can start applying in your company today.
5 ways to Google-ify your workplace
1. Caring: Google prides itself on its “welcoming work environment.” How can you show your employees you care about them? Something as simple as a handwritten thank you card on their work anniversary is a great start.
2. A Voice: Do you allow your employees to have a say? Google has the Google-O-Meter which “gives all employees a voice on employee suggestions and potential cultural changes,” but you don’t have to get that fancy. An anonymous suggestion box might do the trick.
3. Training & Development: Once you hire someone, are you continuing to develop their skills? Recruits want to know their education and growth won’t stop just because they’ve accepted the position. Google does this through a one-on-one mentorship program between executives and employees. Could you start something similar?
4. Food & Beverage: You may not be able to offer a Google-style cafeteria, but offering food is a great way to keep your employees happy, healthy, and productive. Start with catering lunch once a week, which is also a great way to bring everyone together.
5. Openness and Transparency: Every Friday, any Googler is free to ask one of the founders any company-related question. If you want to make your workplace more transparent, maybe you and some other managers could offer office hours once a week.
Can you implement any of these strategies in your workplace? Which one works best?
Susan Shain (@TravlJunkette) is a travel blogger who loves helping people discover adventure through international travel or alternative careers.