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Both Google and Atlassian have taken the old approach to
human resource management and given it a real shake up
week we looked at motivation and some pretty lame suggestions
being offered as ‘rewards' for productivity or good service. These
ranged from the absurd (buying fundraising cookies) to the ridiculous
(bestowing a new, but meaningless, title).
So now I'm wondering who's doing it well? Are any employers doing it differently?
Progressive and creative companies are turning old models of employee
management on their head. After all, ‘management' is something we
humans have created, and for a long time we've gone about our business
being ‘managed'. But now that management is often shacked up cosily
with its new best friend compliance, maybe a new model is needed.
After all, we're no longer doing business the same way we were when
management was founded.
So back to our progressive companies. For the second consecutive
year, Google is #1 on Fortune's
100 Best Companies to Work For list. It famously has
its 20% time, where employees can spend 20% of their time at work,
exploring projects of their own choosing (even using the resources of Google!).
Aussie software innovators Atlassian have also come up with ShipIt days. Once per quarter
employees have 24 hours to scratch their creative itch. And being
Aussie, at the end of the time period they showcase their work over
pizza and beer. Both Google and Atlassian have taken the old approach
to human resource management and given it a real shake up.
Why? Because they know what motivates their staff. Autonomy and
permission to be creative… what a combination! And what's more, both
companies are reaping the financial rewards as a result. Innovation is
up, productivity is up, employee satisfaction is up, staff turnover is
down. Both companies have gone on to develop products for release that
were the result of this creative time. Genius!