Most small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are struggling to find their footing in the modern world. Thankfully, they can mimic work cultures like Google’s that have proven to work like a charm.

If you have been keeping a tab on what it’s like to work for the tech giant, then you know that Alphabet has created a modern working environment for its employees like no other. More specifically, employees enjoy 100% flexible work times, free food, and a strong training regime, just to mention a few perks.

It’s no wonder Google was named the Best Company to Work for in America by Business Insider, dethroning the ranks of Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple. So, how can Google-like working practices help SME businesses thrive in the modern world, too?

Boost Employee Engagement

It’s no big secret that happy, engaged employees can do wonders for all facets of your SME. After all, satisfied employees are more likely to care about customer satisfaction. That’s exactly what Google working practices makes it clear.

The working culture at Google puts employee engagement at the front burner. In fact, the search giant has been known to continually experiment and innovate with its working culture, allowing employees to redefine their workplace and working practices.

The results are quite amazing. Google has topped Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For List for 6 years in a row. In fact, close to 9 out of 10 Googlers (fancy word for Google employees) say that they are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their job. And the 4.4 out 5-star rating on Glassdoor tells it all.

The takeaway for SME is that small businesses should let employees redefine their work culture. As the business owner, you don’t have to spell out every little detail of the working practices. If the staff want longer weekends, more flexible work times, and free food, so be it.

Allow Employees to Work from Home

The overarching principle behind Google successful working style is that employees can work whenever and from wherever they are. The more flexible work times are, the more likely that your employees will deliver genuine results.

More Perks, More Happiness

Your employees, just like Googlers, should take full advantage of an array of benefits/perks like fitness facilities (or free gym membership), laundry services, free healthy food, free shuttles, on-site childcare, lucrative paid laves, and much more.

All these perks might sound expensive for an SME, but you’ll recoup it all in super motivated, satisfied and loyal workers. After all, SMEs with high employee engagement and perks outdo those with poor working practices and no perks by 202 percent, says Business2Community.

In fact, dissatisfied employees cost SME companies and businesses around $450-$550 billion every year, according to The Engagement Institute.

Strong Training Regime

Stay on top of your recruiting, training and onboarding process. The new talents should not only learn the ins and outs of their jobs but also get oriented into your workplace culture. They should know right off the bat of your company’s strong working practices, culture, and available perks.

AuthorPhil Ainsworth