Greg Yardley posts about Google as an 'Attention-based workplace' because they have:
- infrequent meetings;
- no project management cruft;
- no management directives;
- the ability to switch projects at will;
- an utter lack of date-driven releases;
- motivation created through incentives.
They allow their staff to focus (or pay attention to) the things they care about.
He goes on to say:
I’m sure they think of it in different terms, but I suspect Google’s become so successful because they’ve brought the rules of the emerging attention economy back into the workplace.
However I disagree with Greg on this point - I am all for the Attention Economy, but I think Google is so successful not because of its focus on an Attention based workplace, but rather because it serves and monetizes everyone's ads for them.
However, that specific business (like search) is actually Attention based. Context Sensitive ads are actually about looking at what your giving attention to and determining your Intentions.
If I am looking up a movie, then chances are I want to buy the DVD hey?
Don't get me wrong though - I agree Google has a great workplace. That being said, our monitors are better than Google's - most of our team have dual 24' Dell monitors. All we need now is free laundry services and a gym.