Written by Barbara Matic
When entering the Google Office in the morning with Javier Bargas, Head of UX Experience at Google, we were immediately encountered with the most cliché situation everyone could have imagined. While Javier was explaining us the special architecture inside the offices, a typical Google employee was working on a computer while simultaneously walking on a treadmill. Can it be more Googley?
Already impressed by its opportunities and exclusively designed working spaces, we passed by massage and hair salons, game rooms and lots of delicious snacking opportunities and open coffee rooms. Along with the office tour, Javier also introduced us to his field of work in the User Experience department. He nicely demonstrated the importance of reaching a common understanding between the Engineers / Architectures of a product and the Users according to the book of Donald Norman – The Design of Everyday Things. He understandably pointed out that errors in a product are not caused by human mistakes but rather by design errors.
Taking all the new learnings with us, we took the chance to digest the insights at a typical Italian pizzeria during lunch break.
Following that, the Business Chemistry Workshop by Deloitte perfectly kept up with the positive impressions made at Google. Gregor Nagel, active in People Development, completed the highly interesting workshop with us. The “Business Chemistry Workshop” deals with different types of people, resulting in various forms of cooperation and relationships between team members in a project. The participants were invited to do exercises on the different profile types and to learn about how to approach each profile best. For the first time, the connectUS members were challenged to work closely together and compete against each other. Consequently, the workshop enabled everyone to get to know each other better in an interactive, fun and engaging way. The day ended with an Apéro in Zurich and lot of enjoyable conversations.
All in all, our Wednesday clearly marked the highlight of the Preparatory Seminar so far. Watch the video below to gain an impression!