While 12% of employees reporting their job isn't stressful may not seem significant, compared to other companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list, this is a relatively high score — only 53 companies had more employees report low stress levels at work.
Perhaps one contributor to lower stress levels is the various perks like on-site massages, free fitness classes and gym memberships, and a generous vacation plan that help employees unwind.
Another possible contributor: "The work environment is laid back, and less competitive than others. It really allows room for creativity," writes a Google product manager.
While the work at Google is inevitably demanding, and the company encourages its employees to set ambitious goals for themselves, Google managers don't expect people to meet these goals, and instead they make a point to help people learn from their failures.
What's more, the company encourages a culture of transparency and has a unique way of preventing backstabbing.
"The way we solve the 'backstabbing' problem, for example, is that if you write a nasty email about someone, you shouldn't be surprised if they are added to the email thread," Bock writes. "I remember the first time I complained about somebody in an email and my manager promptly copied that person, which forced us to quickly resolve the issue. It was a stark lesson in the importance of having direct conversations with colleagues!"