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How Google's Laszlo Bock Is Making Work Better

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How Google's Laszlo Bock Is Making Work Better

How Google's Laszlo Bock Is Making Work Better

How Google's Laszlo Bock Is Making Work Better

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Google is famous for its hiring practices and work environment. Laszlo Bock shares a few of the company's secrets. Luciano Lozano/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Google is famous for its hiring practices and work environment. Laszlo Bock shares a few of the company's secrets.

Luciano Lozano/Getty Images/Ikon Images

Google's philosophy about building a successful workforce is based on a simple assumption: people are fundamentally good. So, Google tries to give each of their 62,000 employees as much autonomy and ownership of the work they do as possible. That means taking power away from managers, making each employee a shareholder, and giving everyone direct access to Google's top executives. How's it working out? This week, Shankar talks with Google's Senior Vice President of People Operations (Google-speak for Human Resources) Laszlo Bock about how one of the world's biggest tech companies recruits, trains, and keeps its talent.

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