The free breakfast, lunch and dinner that the Google cafes offer the employees may seem like an excessive perk, but in the mind of Google’s VP for people operations, the strategy does more than satiate techs’ rumbling tummies.
“You want to make an environment that’s efficient for people so that in their personal lives, they can live and enjoy and have a great time,” Laszlo Bock says. “And when they’re working, they can focus on getting their work done.”
That’s because they won’t have to go out to clean their cars, do their laundry or have a meal. So they’re more productive.
Perhaps just as important is the way the cafes encourage engineers from different parts of the company to talk and spark new ideas.
“We watch the length of the lunch line,” says Bock. “And we want them not so short that people don’t have chances to interact, but not so long that you waste time.”
— Adapted from “Searching For The Best Place To Work?” Sunday Morning, CBS News.