How Google weighs all of its crazy-awesome perks
Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin even brought up the myriad perks in their shareholders' letter when the company went public in 2004, promising their commitment to providing benefits that can "save employees considerable time and improve their health and productivity."
Google wants all its people programs to achieve efficiency, promote community, and spur innovation. Surprisingly, Google says it doesn't drop as much money as you might expect on those perks."Most people assume Google spends a fortune doing special things for our employees," Google HR boss Laszlo Bock writes in his new book "Work Rules!" "Aside from our cafes and shuttles, we don't."
Here's a chart that shows the cost and benefit of some of Google's most important perks:
If companies want to push themselves towards a more Google-y culture, it's less important to have a ton of money, and more important to try to say yes to employee ideas.