I was reading the June edition of Entrepreneur and came across a very interesting article called One Big Family and it mentions how important it is to create a pleasant work environment. Surprisingly enough, many employees will trade a nice work environment with higher salaries. I think that may be the reason why so many Google employees are very happy at work.
Here are some interesting statistics:
"Employees' biggest pet peeves"
44% Condescending tones
37% Public reprimands at work
32% Loud talkers --- okay, maybe I was too loud!
30% Cell phone ringing
22% Use of speakerphones in public areas
11% Engaging in personal conversations
9% Using PDAs during meetings