So ….. last week I had a great adventure on Tuesday afternoon.
I was very lucky to be invited to Google HQ by Colm Harling the SRP Global Program Manager and take part in the SRP Business Challenge. Creeper Crawlers are always looking for ways to improve our engagement online and ultimately increase our sales via our website. The Nooglers (new Googlers) were a fabulous group who took time to gain a deep understanding of my company. Each team then presented a range of exciting possibilities for us to take away and implement very quickly.I would highly recommend other companies to participate in these types of activities, if lucky enough to be offered the chance.
The members of the team were deeply knowledgeable, motivated and extremely enthusiastic about genuinely recommending strategies that could assist us in reaching our business goals.
Google has over 4000 employees in their Dublin HQ. The staff are from all over the globe and bring a fantastic cultural mix to our capital. There is an amazing vibe of coolness and funkiness when you walk into the building to register, right from the types of computers that you use to register to get your visitors badge through to the seating arrangements in the vast bustling lobby. Some seats are more like art installations and I have to confess, I wasn’t too sure if I should be sitting on them or not! But as it turned out, I didn’t have to wait long for Colm to come get me.
I was brought into their secure development space and I’m telling you folks, the kitchen in this area was spectacular and kitted out with plenty of fruit and then snacks in drawers to beat the band. But as Colm later explained to me, Google are supporting their staff to make healthy snack choices so they decided to keep fruit on display in all kitchens throughout the building and to still have snacks available to employees but to have them stored out of sight! Makes total sense! And what a great initiative. Kudos to Google management.
I got to spend about an hour and a half with the team in Google and then Colm brought me to the other buildings to have a look at some of their funky layouts.
One thing I noticed as I walked through the corridors of the various buildings was that everywhere you looked there were lots of different little spaces for sitting / working / reading / being social etc. I asked Colm if employees were allowed to move away from their desks and work and he said ‘yes’ and that they are actually encouraged to use other spaces around the building.
That is brilliant. Something the CCHQ will have some day, fingers crossed 🙂
There was also this amazing wallpaper:
And this cool wall that lit up when you walked past. I couldn’t resist taking a short video of it! Brilliant.
They also have a great lunch spot where staff can make their own juices and smoothies etc. Just have a look at what was on the menu last week…… yum.
And when you have your plate full of healthy foods you can enjoy some time outside in the sunshine in one of their roof terraces.
As you go up higher in the buildings the views from the upper floors are amazing. You can see all around Dublin. Infact there are three famous landmarks in this photo, can you list them?
In one of the buildings there is even a Google shop, I was just thanking my lucky stars that my boys were not with me on this adventure as I know there would have been a battle of wills in the Google shop!
And actually at the end of my stay, Colm gifted me a Google mug – which now has pride of place in my kitchen – the boys wouldn’t let me bring it into the office!
I have to say a huge thank you to all the fantastic Google team that worked with me. Here is a great pic that Colm took just before I left. I even managed to find a little pic of Colm too……..
Here’s hoping to get back to another great session with the Googlers soon.
Thanks for a great day folks.