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Productivity Effects of Going Google

It's Friday! And we haven't had a Fun Friday blog in a while. Well, let me rephrase. I like to think that all the Cloudbakers blog posts are fun in their own way, but this one will hopefully even bring a laugh to your day. It's my most simplistic version of the productivity levels of those not using Google Apps versus those who do.

Google Apps has changed the way over 5 million companies work. It gives organizations like Autism Home Support Services the ability to scale, while they've been growing by double year after year. Companies like Scranton Gillette Communications no longer have multiple versions of the same spreadsheets and documents, and they can spend much more time on their creative process rather than focusing on email attachments. Imagination finds that Google enhances their already-awesome culture and makes users excited to be at work. There are so many benefits that Google for Work provides and productivity is one of them that will win you value with every minute that your employees are more efficient. Take a look at what that value looks like from my mind:

What unproductiveness looks like...


How can you make your employees more productive? Give them better tools. Give them Google.

Most people are aware of the fact that Google allows you to work from anywhere at any time. What does this have to do with productivity? A lot. My reference above (100% productivity by 4...and at 6pm) takes this situation into account.

It's human nature to hit a point throughout the day where you need a break - for this simplistic example, let's choose lunch (where we were down to a 75% productivity level). At those times in particular, let your employee take a break. They know the work that needs to be done, and if they can't finish it by the time the clock strikes five, they still have the ability to keep going. In most cases, this person will get a lot more done in a single hour from 5pm-6pm than they would from 12pm-1pm. Those short breaks in the day can even spark some extra creativity that may not have occurred otherwise.

I encourage you to think about where your productivity level is right now, and try to think of where it could be. You might be surprised by how much you can get done in so little time.

Testimonials from Google customers

Originally published on January 23, 2015

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