(Huffington Post) Flexible Workplace Is Great For Employees -- And The Companies They Work For?
I remember the world pre-Google. My dad would go off to work each morning, very early, dressed in a suit and tie. My mother, who worked for a large engineering company, had a similar routine—formal work clothes, 9 AM start time, hurriedly downing coffee before running out the door. This is what professionals did. If you worked for a corporation, odds were that you worked a set schedule, wearing some variation of the formal uniform.
Enter Google. I wasn’t old enough to apply for jobs during Google’s rise to its perch at the top of a booming tech industry, but when I did start looking for positions, I was already aware of Google’s reputation as an amazing place to work. But were the rumors really true? Could people wear flip-flops? And bring their dogs to work? And play volleyball at lunch?
I visited Google’s campus during my senior year of college and confirmed that the rumors were indeed true. I didn’t end up getting the job I interviewed for, but I still saw enough to alter my perception of what it meant to be a successful corporation. As I watched employees zoom around the campus on bikes, eating free food, dressed in whatever they felt like, I decided that you could have fun, be informal, and still work at arguably the most successful company in the world.
It is my firm belief that employers should implement policies like informal dress code and flex time whenever possible. And I’m not alone—many studies have shown that these benefits can reduce stress, increase employee longevity, and even ensure that people are available at a broader stretch of time over the day.