We recently celebrated Family Day in my home province of Alberta. The holiday is intended as a day for people to spend time with their family, which reminded me of the role families play in businesses. Inspiring workplaces recognize that …
You’ve likely read some of the articles coming out that are highly critical of Amazon’s workplace culture. My friend Merge Gupta-Sunderji wrote a great article in the Globe and Mail newspaper that summarizes the issue: Amazon’s leaders are so relentlessly focused on results (the “what”) that they forgot all about “the how.” As I’ve said at least a gazallion times, workplace culture is all about the how: How you do the things you do. And if you ignore the how, it’s just a matter of time before things do deeply off the rails.
If you want your employees to, and pardon the expression, give a crap about your workplace, then you need to build a culture that values and recognizes the great work they do. And that’s exactly how Alpine Tubular Management and Supply, a Calgary-based company, has built a thriving business. Here’s just a few things they do to build an inspiring culture:
Steve Cody, the co-founder and managing partner of Peppercomm, a communications agency based in New York, understands the power of humor and storytelling to help package his clients’ messages. But as a part time stand-up comedian, he’s also a huge believer in the power of humor to change the way people interact and communicate with one another, and in the process transform an entire workplace culture. I had a fascinating conversation with Cody last week, where he explained how humor has completely become embedded in Peppercomm’s DNA.
Every time I visit Las Vegas I am in awe how the city functions at a seemingly high level despite having some of the most liberal laws in the country.
Philip Rosedale, the former CEO of Linden Labs (the company that created the virtual world “Second Life”) used some unconventional methods to engage employees and boost happiness levels at work, including:
Any guess as to what night of the week insomnia levels peak?
Yes, Sunday night sleeplessness is, according to surveys,
rampant. Which reminds me of the dread so many of us felt as
kids at the thought of returning to school. Today, some …
Zappos.com has a very active library full of fabulous books that employees are encouraged to sign out. Beryl Call Center has a book club where employees are, each month, encouraged to all read the same business book, answer a few …