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By Aiaz Kazi, Head of Platform Ecosystem, Google for Work

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We tend to look to the future to solve today’s problems, but after taking a trip to Morocco, I got to thinking about how we can learn from the past. The Jemaa el-Fnaa is a vibrant bazaar located in the bustling center of Marrakesh, a major Moroccan city. In the daytime, it’s mainly occupied by orange juice and water sellers who give way to entertainers, storytellers and dancers as the sun begins to set. …


By Manvinder Singh, Google for Work

It’s been a great 2000-year run, but paper is finally losing. This is hardly news for most of us, and while the statistics certainly show that the usage of paper continues to decline, you don’t have to look far to see that many of today’s photos and documents are already digital. A fully paperless future is within our grasp, one where the dreaded file cabinet disappears and every document and receipt is instantly searchable. But we’re still living in an in-between age, and we have many important paper documents to keep track of.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. Using readily-available apps and a simple, trusty system, you can fast forward to a paperless future right now. It requires commitment and a smartphone, but trust me: it’s worth it. You can rest assured that everything important is securely stored in the cloud, allowing you to access anything you need, from anywhere. …


By Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President, People Operations, Google

Editor’s note: This first appeared in the Washington Post.

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In 2015 we added 8,214 employees to Google. And the women we hired, on average, received a 30 percent bigger salary increase upon joining the company, compared to men.

Does that sound fair to you?

Study after study demonstrates that women are paid less than men in the United States. Equal Pay Day, three weeks ago, marked the number of additional days women needed to work into 2016 to “catch up” with what men were paid in the prior year. Indeed, in a recent paper, Cornell professors Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn found that women were paid 79 cents for each dollar a man was paid. …

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