Google’s head of human resources, Laszlo Bock (senior vice president, people operations), has received a lot of media attention for his book, Work Rules!, to be released this month. Hopefully, it will grab the attention of federal managers as well.
It’s safe to say, Google is not like government. But people are people. Government employs more people in computer-related occupations—over 80,000—than Google’s total workforce. Plus there are at least another 500,000 employees in what could be categorized as knowledge occupations.
If federal agencies realized the same level of engagement and performance that has made Google a solidly successful company, the whole country would benefit. But for reasons that are almost unfathomable, government leaders too often make statements that deny employee value or initiate actions that hinder their career prospects.