“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
On a beautiful summer day in New York City, I was thrilled to be meeting with my friend for lunch at her office. This wasn’t any office, mind you. My dear friend worked for Google, and I was admittedly curious to see if the rumors around their cool office designs and endless amenities were true. I waited in the lobby for my friend, who came bouncing out with a huge smile on her face.
“I’ve never seen someone so happy in the middle of their workday,” I mused.
She smiled warmly in return. “Once I show you around, you’ll see why.”
And she was right, I did see it immediately. As I walked around the office, I noticed it didn’t feel like an office at all. With its cafes, outdoor terraces, themed conference rooms, and conversation areas, it felt like its own little universe, encased in an otherwise standard looking building in Chelsea. It shows Google is dedicated to having, as they put it, “the happiest and most productive workplace in the world.”
Google isn’t the only one who has recognized the increasing needs of its employees. Employers nationwide have taken notice that happier, healthier employees are more productive. To the end of health, they are willing to help in any way they can. A study by The Institute for Health Care Consumerism shows that almost 25% of employers already offer incentives for lifestyle changes, with 12% even enforcing penalties for employees that don’t make better choices. If your workplace hasn’t caught the wave just yet, fear not, for you can be the catalyst for change.
As I strolled past the final standing desk on my way out of the Google building, I thought of all the friends I had who served as both employers and employees of smaller companies. Sure, they didn’t have the same ability to transform their workplaces, but they have the most important element needed to start change; they cared about their employees, not as machines that produced results, but as people. With that element of caring and that desire to help bring positive change, the possibilities for their workplaces, and yours, are endless.