In 1715, the top workplace traditions were putting low performers in iron shackles, plotting castle sieges around the water cooler, and slapping “and Sons” onto every startup. Things change faster these days, and it shouldn’t take 300 years to snuff out some other tired norms that, as a company that aspires to walk the cutting edge, it might be better to slowly distance yourself from so as not to look hopelessly outdated by the next time America hosts the World Cup.
It all begins with the acceptance of the undeniable movement toward employee empowerment. Workers are demanding more freedom, more flex time, more opportunities to make their organizations reflect their own values. The enlightened no longer see themselves as tools whose job is to conform to the paycheck machine and remain obedient till their retirement picnic; they want the machine to change for them. Which traditions does this new reality put on the endangered sp...(register to read more)