When Marrisa Mayer told her Yahoo! employees last year working remotely was verboten, some thought the end was nigh for telecommuters. As others began singing Mayer’s tune, fear of losing remote work began to creep into smaller consultancies and the user experience talent that wasn’t located in Silicon Valley or on Madison Avenue.
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Octane Results: Company Culture
By Link Howard, an EO Detroit member and founder of Powerlink Facilities Management Services
Diversity has been a core value at Powerlink Facilities Management Services since I founded it in 2003. As a staffing company, many of our clients serve specific communities, and we strive to provide them with team members who are locally connected and committed to their missions. Company-wide, this means we have an extremely diverse staff in terms of age, race, religion and education as well as geographic and demographic factors. Without embracing that strategy of providing our clients with the best people for their environments, leading to diversity for our company, we would not have had the necessary tools to grow to where we are today.
By Andy Bailey, an EO Nashville member and president of Petra Coach
When it comes to running a successful business, I’ve learned that giving appreciation is an art form. While flexing the appreciation muscle can be a daunting task, it’s absolutely needed to keep my team—and my business—moving forward. In my coaching firm, I’ve discovered the value of consistently showing my staff the appreciation they both expect and deserve. Here are three things I learned along the way.
By Rob Jordan, an EO Portland member and CEO and founder of Idealist Consulting
When I landed on “Idealist Consulting” as our company’s name nearly eight years ago, I wanted to suggest that we are a different kind of consulting firm: One that will partner with clients in an idealistic way, showing that almost anything is possible with the right technology.
But I have always felt idealism means more than dreaming big– it also means being practical. Without practicality, you will be unable to implement idealistic notions. In many ways, we have to be pragmatists in order to see our goals of idealism come to fruition.
There are three clear ways practicality informs our idealism.
By David Hassell, an EO At Large-US member, and CEO of 15Five
One of my primary focuses as a CEO is to guide and facilitate team productivity. I want to drive innovation & growth for the company, but I also recognize the importance of employee investment. When employees show up disengaged, they don’t bring their best selves to work and in turn, do not grow nor feel fulfilled as an outcome of the work they do. Investing in their growth may not seem like a top priority with everything else going on, however, consider the difference between an entire workforce working at 58% of their potential vs 99%.