Thursday, November 3, 2011I used
to spend my days in a place that looked like this.He must have been some kind of monster, to do that;to design a system that most efficiently crammed humans intooffices.
Thursday, November 3, 2011So what
happened to turn Propst’s ideas into this?Three things:* Economic way to pack people into offices* Depreciation laws* Optimizing for money
“Lots of businesses are run
by crass people who create hellholes. They make little bitty cubicles and stuff people in them. Barren, rat-hole places.” – Robert PropstThursday, November 3, 2011In fact, in his later years, Propst himself denounced what he hadinadvertently created.
Optimize for HappinessThursday, November 3,
2011Ever since we started GitHub, we’ve tried to optimize forhappiness.Simply because a company with that philosophy is one I’vealways wanted to work for.It turns out that by doing that, you can optimize for success atthe same time.
Hire the BestThursday, November 3,
2011Hire the best people you can ﬁnd.There’s nobody unhappier than someone you just had to ﬁre.It is our responsibility to hire the best.
Seek and Offer The 1%
FallacyThursday, November 3, 2011Use your network of existing employees and friends.An offer is a powerful thing.“Seek and offer” is better than job post blast because it avoidsthe 1% fallacy.
Side ProjectsThursday, November 3, 2011In
a cost optimized situation, side projects would be prohibited.Side projects allow us a distraction from everyday mission criticalwork.A collaborative canvas to experiment with others.
No Work Hours ROWEThursday, November
3, 2011Rigid working hours are optimized for control.Cali Ressler and Jodi Thompson, HR at Best Buy.Gap in 2008. Turnover dropped by 50%, engagement up 13%.Predicated on trust.
Thursday, November 3, 2011MIT Building
20, built in 1943 as a temporary building for theRadiation Laboratory.Dozens of occupants.Everything from acoustics to guided missiles to model trainclub was here.Successful because of easy modiﬁcation and ﬂuidity.