The contemporary workplace has shifted. Manufacturing is being outsourced while information and service industries are on the rise. This shift in the job market is reflected in how work environments are set up and operate. The global economy never sleeps, and therefor business never sleeps. The eight hour workday is fading into the past as technology makes it almost impossible to get away from work. Demands of business and work make it hard to find a work-life balance. Employees are no longer expected to work their whole careers at one job. Instead, they go to where the best fit is. Google integrates everyday life and leisure into their work environment to accommodate these issues making their employees happy, healthier, and more productive.
Google takes the contemporary workplace to a whole new level. In the past a good majority of its employees telecommuted, now Google prefers its employees to stay as close to work as possible. Everything an employee might need for their day is in the Googleplex. It has a laundry service as well as all the amenities. Employees have access to free electric and hybrid cars to run any errands they might have throughout the day. There are Espresso machines and food everywhere so Google employees never have to go far for a snack. There are multiple kitchens which each serve gourmet style food from different cultures that is both healthy and delicious. There are multiple gyms so employees can exercise during the workday, and even a masseuse in the Googleplex for relieving some stress.
Business and technology are advancing quickly; this brings constant and inevitable changes. One major way companies are evolving to accommodate these changes is by being diverse as possible. Google understands this and has hires from many countries and backgrounds. This is part of the reason the work environment at Google is constantly changing. Google attempts to mold its environment to best suit its employees to facilitate their creativity and productivity. They use more of an organic approach with many cross directional teams.
The elimination of hierarchical lines makes it possible for any department to directly interact and co-operate with other departments. Many businesses are going in this direction now. The contemporary work environment is changing rapidly due to the demands of employees wanting more of a work-life balance. The demands of employers are growing as well. It is inevitable that businesses and work environments must change with the times, otherwise they will cease to exist.
Diversity in any organization is important; a diverse employee offers an array of skills that allows the organization to be successful. There are many unique skills that the diverse employees bring to the company from their countries which stems from their different back grounds and cultures. Each and every culture has their own ideas and customs that separate them from the rest of the world, which is what, makes them unique.