Happy Hump Day! Â So we have a fun and informational blog for you today from, Ashley Lee. Â Since we spend most of our lives at work, we should enjoy being there! Â So this blog is going to give you some ideas on how that can be done, and is done at a place we all know so well, and is very successful! Â Now I know that this does not fit all work places, but maybe something here will work for you! Â Check it out and see what you think! Â I have not seen the movie yet, but from the previews I have seen of Â “The Internship”, it looks to be hilarious!
InÂ The Internship, the comedy feature film that portrays two middle-aged, unemployed salesmen competing for jobs atÂ Google, actor Vince Vaughnâ€™s character tells his former boss something that is sure to resonate with entrepreneurs. â€œWeâ€™ve had lots of jobs,â€ he says. â€œWeâ€™re trying to build a future.â€
The summer flick, which recently arrived in theaters, wasÂ filmedÂ on site at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. As the first production ever allowed to shoot there,Â The InternshipÂ offers a rare peek into the corporate campus and itsÂ culture.
â€œIt was fun filming at Google. It was like the chocolate factory; it was crazy!â€ said Vaughn of the tech companyâ€™s facilities at a special screening in New York City. â€œGoogle had a sense of humor. Itâ€™s better than us calling it â€˜Snoogle,â€™ so itâ€™s good that they let us use the real place.â€
That real place, real name and those real company values are well-represented in the movie. Here are seven lessons from the lighthearted romp about how to build a company culture like Googleâ€™s â€” without a billion-dollar budget:
1. Donâ€™t skimp on the office decor.Â Vaughn and co-star Owen Wilson spend their summer surrounded by ping pong tables, gourmet food courts, colorful bikes, an outdoor volleyball court and a giant slide. â€œIt was like being at an all-inclusive resort because the food was free,â€ joked Vaughn. â€œThey had nap pods that looked like Qantas Airlines!â€ To simulate this environment in your business without spending a fortune, opt for an open workspace with brightly painted walls, meeting rooms that inspire creativity with whiteboards and couches, and a distinct space for relaxation â€” nap pods optional.
2. Articulate your companyâ€™s unique identity.Â The film contends that the secret to working at Google is possessing an innate sense of â€œGoogleyness.â€ A Google spokeswoman who worked on the film explains: â€œWe believe in having a collaborative, vibrant culture where people work really hard, but they still like to have fun as well. We are a serious company, but we donâ€™t take ourselves too seriously, which is one reason that we decided to collaborate on this project in the first place.â€ Bring your team together by identifying what your company stands for and communicating it to employees. And consider showing off your companyâ€™s personality in job postings to attract the right candidates.
3. Make your new-hire orientation a celebration.Â On the first day of Vaughn and Wilsonâ€™s internship, all the summer recruits mingle at a meet-and-greet and in a series of introductory seminars, complete with goofy, spinning hats with the brandâ€™s logo. Putting together a fun welcome event, such as picnic or ice cream social, can help ensure that every new hire authentically feels part of the team.
4. Engage employees with learning initiatives.Â In the film, Wilsonâ€™s character accidentally attends a lecture on HTML5, which mirrors Googleâ€™s Tech Talks that feature anyone from an innovator in the health sciences to a chef releasing a new book. â€œGoogle is a lot like a university campus,â€ says the company spokeswoman. A business is only as strong as its team, so itâ€™s important to continue investing in your employees long after youâ€™ve hired them. Put together an informal speaker series where upper-level team members share their success stories. Invite experts in a related field to the office for an industry update, or attend local seminars as a group.
5. Create team challenges to motivate employees.Â Wilson and Vaughn find themselves fumbling through several tech-based challenges throughout their summer internship. Spurring innovation through healthy competition among groups of co-workers can be effective off-screen, too. Consider creating a monthly challenge in the office, or build team bonds with recreational activities, such as a company softball league. Vaughn said of real-life Googlers, â€œThey played that game Quidditch â€” like for real, an intramural game.â€
6. Provide sales training and exposure to every worker.Â After the filmâ€™s tech-savvy interns compete to create a new app, the final two challenges focus on customer service and sales. By exposing every member of the team, no matter what their position in the company, to these two critical areas of the business, everyone remembers that the customer always comes first. Even the best product on the shelves wonâ€™t sell itself.
7. Use your internship program to develop talent.Â You wonâ€™t see Vaughn or Wilson fetching coffee, making copies or running menial errands inÂ The Internship. If those are your current intern assignments, hire an administrative assistant and refocus on shaping these potential new hires who could push your company forward. Making this change also gives the interns what they really want. â€œTry and stay enthusiastic,â€ Vaughn advised the screeningâ€™s audience of summer interns. â€œEven if you get a boss thatâ€™s kind of a jerk or doesnâ€™t recognize that youâ€™re doing good, still try to get what you came for, which is the experience.â€
Ashley Lee is an entertainment, business and culture reporter in New York City. She covers style and red carpet events for The Hollywood Reporter and exploits her personal life for several women’s blogs.