Hello Readers, Today I want to talk about Corporate Social Responsibility and one of my favorite companies, “Google“. Google has a strong brand and it is a household word.
How many times have you said to someone “How do you know that?” and they replied “I Googled It!”.
All jokes aside I love this company and I get lost in space, (cyberspace) everytime I use it. The search engine is one of the first of the Internets offspring. Not all of the websites out there can be considered “offspring”. Offspring are the brainchildren of the internet. Users couldn’t function without these types of site’s. Sites like Yahoo, AOL, Google. Without these “Search Engines” the internet would be cumbersome and it wouldn’t function as it does now. Just think about how many times you use Google per day and multiple that by the number of users on the internet. Teachers and students, lawyers and doctors, moms and dads everyone, every type.
We will talk more about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in future blogs.
According to Craig Kanalley in his blog for the Huffington post “Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin started BackRub, what later became Google, in January 1996… Google.com was registered on Sept. 15, 1997… was officially incorporated on Sept. 7, 1998, and declared its birthday Sept. 27, 1998 when changes were made to the site.” Therefore Google is a mere 14 years old, but I’d say a mature fourteen, smart enough to know that growing up means standing up for whats right.
When the internet first started we used an interface called Web 1.0. This was the start of technology; when we all thought Palm Pilots, Mobile Phones, and LAN (Local Area Networks) where all the rage. As time and technology progressed we moved into Web 2.0, Mobile Phone’s are now Cellular’s, we have a love hate relationship with our “Touch Screen’s”, and “Wireless” is the way to go. As the internet gets older (in fact it is around 25 years old) (howoldistheinternet.com) we will move into Web 3.0, and the technological advances that are in store are “phenom“.
I have read articles about what it’s like to work for Google. I always envisioned it as this place where young people worked and played at the same time. I think about the cool, brightly colored fun furniture, and the free open office space’s I’d seen in magazines. The sushi bar, ice cream and frozen yogurt bars, and free Starbucks all day long. In my fantasy a group of millinials lounging in inflatable chairs upload code and download content while listening to Cherly Crow and Lenny Kravitz live. While I let my imagination run wild I noticed that when I thought of this brand, employee benefits didn’t necessarily come to mind. At least not until Google put it in my mind (yes mind control) no not mind control they did it by raising awareness.
I believe the most important element to any businesses success is directly linked to how well they treat their employees. As entrepreneurs we find this out early when we ask our friends and family to work for us and it seems like they just “don’t care” about your business. Partly because its a small start up operating out of the living room and partly because…well…they don’t care, it’s your dream not theirs…Melissa Adams
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I am giving Google a “Standing Ovation” this is a great and difficult task they have undertaken, because Google is a Global company. So although being gay may not be legal in the host country in which they work, Gay Google employees(Gayglers) will still receive the same rights as “The Gayglers in Google’s employee network for LGBT employees, friends, and allies. Gayglers chapters exist just about everywhere Google operates around the world—from San Francisco to New York, London to Zurich, Israel and India”(Google).
Stay Abreast of the issues and/or get involved follow the links:
- Google’s Website
- Belong To Youth Services
- Center for Talent Innovation
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- National Center for Lesbian Rights
- National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association
- Out in Science Technology Engineering and Math (oSTEM)
- Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
- Love Does Not Exclude”
- Trevor Project
- The Kaleidoscope Trust
- Transgender Law Center