There is a libertarian scent in the office, and it offers a glimpse into a future workplace with more employee autonomy.
Almost 10 million people have viewed a 126-page deck on SlideShare about the culture of work at Netflix, in which CEO Reed Hastings dismisses process and control in favor of “a culture of creativity and self-discipline, freedom and responsibility.” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg called the deck “the most important document ever to come out of the Valley.” In his new book, “The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization,” Jacob Morgan suggests turning an organization on its head: rather than asking employees to adapt to their managers, managers should adapt to employee needs.
Most of what we do at work is mediated by—and rendered through—technology. If we are indeed entering a new bottom-up management paradigm, with less hierarchy and control and more freedom, what does this mean for enterprise software?
The following recommendations flow out of frog’s recent work and offer considerations for the design of software that promotes creativity, accountability, and self-organization at work.