Google Launches Site to Share Its HR Practices Publicly

re:Work features guides, tools and case studies on workplace improvements that will provide a happier, healthier and more productive environment for workers.

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Google has launched a new Website to publicly share some of the internal HR practices that have made the company one of the best places to work for in the United States the last few years.

The site, dubbed re:Work, will serve as what Google describes as a curated platform for articles highlighting best practices and ideas from Google and a handful of other carefully vetted organizations on how to improve the workplace experience for employees.

Site visitors will be able to browse by subject for specific topics drawn from Google's experience and those of others with hiring, managing and handling workplace bias, as well as with people analytics.

The goal, as the site explains, is to give employers information they can use to make their workplaces a happier, healthier and more productive environment for workers. "Since Google's founding in 1998, we've experimented a lot with our culture and management practices," the site notes. re:Work is an attempt to share what has worked for Google and what hasn't.

Several guides and tools are available on re:Work that HR managers and others can use to learn about the processes and practices that Google uses to manage its more than 57,000 employees worldwide.

The site, for instance, currently offers nearly two dozen guides on topics as varied as how to identify good managers, create a job description, review resumes, do structured interviewing and hold employees accountable for their actions. Almost all of the guides on the portal appear to be based on Google's internal experiences, though the company says it will allow other organizations to share their experiences as well via re:Work.

re:Work also features case studies of organizations that Google claims used data and science effectively to make the workplace better. The section currently features four relatively brief case studies, including those from JetBlue, the New York City Department of Education and Nationwide Brokerage Solutions.

"The re:Work website is our response to the community of people who want to make work better around the world," Google's Senior Vice President of People Operations Laszlo Bock wrote in an inaugural blog post on the site.

Bock said the enthusiastic response to his book titled "Work Rules!" on Google's people management practices was one of the factors that prompted the creation of the new Website. "[Readers] wanted more—more of the nitty gritty, the details, the programs and practices so they could make changes in their workplaces too," he wrote.

Google's new portal is a continuation of an effort the company began last year to share publicly more information about its HR practices and those of other organizations.

Last October, the company hosted an event, also called re:Work, at its corporate headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., for academics and corporate executives to share ideas about the changing nature of the workplace. Speakers at the event included executives from organizations such as Wegmans and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also sharing their ideas for workplace improvement were academics from several leading institutes like The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Harvard Business School and the Queen Mary University of the London School of Business and Management.

Jaikumar Vijayan

Jaikumar Vijayan

Vijayan is an award-winning independent journalist and tech content creation specialist covering data security and privacy, business intelligence, big data and data analytics.