Google is a trailblazer, not only in technology, but also in employee engagement. We’ve all heard about the perks of being a Googler (just to name a few: free gourmet food; access to ping pong, billiards and foosball; and on-site massages). Even though we may not be tech giants ourselves, we can still mimic some of Google’s ideas on a smaller scale. Take their employee development. According to The Guardian, Google has an avant-garde approach to learning with its School of Personal Growth, one of Google University’s four departments.!@!
The School of Personal Growth focuses on the growth of the individual, and courses have included such titles as “The Neuroscience of Empathy” and “Search Inside Yourself.”
Chade-Meng Tan, who heads up the School of Personal Growth, believes that this could be an archetype for workplace education.
“Google wants to help Googlers grow as human beings on all levels — emotional, mental, physical and ‘beyond the self,’” he said in The Guardian article.
What do you think about this approach to workplace education? And to what degree does it spur innovation? Is this where learning is headed? Or is it merely a fad?