May’s Inc contains an article about ‘Audacious Culture’ and lists several companies who have non-standard corporate cultures and rules. There’s one which requires a health risk assessment each year and which has introduced a ‘twinkie tax’ in their cafe. There’s one which gives employees a four week sabbatical after 10 years.
The one that really caught my eye though, was Menlo Innovations. The headline says ‘Taking Teamwork To The Extreme’. In the text it says ‘Developers – and nearly everyone else – work in pairs and switch partners weekly. Employees talk through problems while passing the mouse back and forth…’.
The thought of sharing my thoughts, computer and mouse with someone while I’m working was like nails on a chalkboard for me. Which is why I work from home, on my own, and don’t share my thoughts until I’ve had time to at least half bake them. Fortunately, our company allows that.
It shows though, that you need to chose your place of work carefully. If you can’t deal with that kind of teamwork, don’t go to work there. One person rarely changes the culture from the bottom up. You’ll be miserable and that’ll show in your results. Find somewhere you’ll fit, even if the job title, pay or location aren’t what you would have liked.