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The Management Revolution
Management - The organization and coordination of the activities of a business in order to achieve defined objectives.
Traditional management style:
The new management style:
New management styles have less hierarchy, embrace human nature and don't treat humans as machines.
The theory of Dunbar's Number says that 150 is the roughly maximum number of people that the brain can know, have connections with, and maintain genuine social relationships with. Thus, many companies split branches when they reach 150 employees.
By maintaining connections with coworkers, there can be better collaboration and efficiency.
Many of today's top companies are using new management styles that encourage teamwork, creativity and boosting overall employee happiness.
At Google's new headquarters (expected to be completed in 2015), every worker is expected to be within a 2.5 minute walk from each other. An infinity loop-shaped pathway runs through the building to better connect employees. (Studies have found that colleagues working within close proximity to each other, have increased collaboration For every 100 feet of shared space, collaborations increased by up to 20%.)
Zappos encourages employees to have more contact with each other and the community. The new Las Vegas warehouse will have small breakrooms so that employees will "literally collide". The skyway from the parking garage is closed so that employees must take a longer route to work and interact with pedestrians. Elevators will have digital games to break awkward silences.
Upon hire at Zappos, employees receive four weeks of training where they learn the company's culture, strategy and processes About a week after completing this process, Zappos offers new hires $2000 if they quit. "We really want everyone at Zappos to be here because they want to be and because they believe in the culture. If they know they don't quite mesh with our culture, we don't want them to feel stuck here, so we give them an option." (from Zappo's Q&A page) Only 2-3% accept this offer.
Other companies with great perks:
Facebook's campus has been called its own little city. Its campus includes: