This came across my feed reader today and was bit too juicy to let it slide by The Goog Life: how Google keeps employees by treating them like kids
I was talking with a friend the other day about that perennial subject of conversation in the Valley, Google. And finally she gave me the clue that made the whole place make sense. "It's about infantilizing people," she explained. "Give them free food, do their laundry, let them sit on bouncy brightly-colored balls. Do everything so that they never have to grow up and learn how to live life on their own."
Now I'm not saying I agree with the author of this post. In fact everyone I've ever met from Google has been generally a happy, well adjusted person, who likes their employer and likes their work. However there are some interesting points which echo sentiments from one high profile ex-googler Mark Jen’s
then look at all these other fringe "benefits": on-site doctor, on-site dentist, on-site car washes… the list goes on and on with one similarity: every "benefit" is on-site so you never leave work. i’m not going to say this isn’t convenient for us employees, but between all these devices designed to make us stay at work, they might as well just have dorms on campus that all employees are required to live in.
Is there a point where you can "give too much" to your employees ...