HR Happiness machine

It was interesting to see the effect of the happiness machine at google taking direct action to support the retention of its female employees. Coming from a public sector employer where up to 90% of the workplace are female they are already pretty robust in providing excellent benefits particularly for maternity rights. There is still a lot to learn from Google though about the other excellent perks they are able to offer. The main thing for me is about understanding your workforce and their needs. The only way to get to this is through regular engagement and surveying your employees. Understanding their needs (as the great Maslow interpreted) is key to a successful organisation. As the needs of individuals change it is important to move with the times. Thanks go to the article tagged below for the inspiration for this article

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/01/google_people_operations_the_secrets_of_the_world_s_most_scientific_human.html

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