You probably haven’t heard of Jason Fried, but you might just find yourself begging him for a job when you find out how he manages his company.
With summer coming to a close, take a minute to imagine what it would have been like if you had only had to work four days per week…that’s a 32-hour work week. Oh, and while you're at it, imagine 16 weeks of parental leave and about £3,576 of holiday pay thrown in for good measure. Fried really seems to have realised the dreams of workers everywhere.
According to the CEO of the company Basecamp, it’s essential to offer all his employees a good quality of life. It’s the best way of ensuring they’re at their most productive in order to help the business: 'I’d like to give my employees even more to ensure that they’re happy and comfortable but I don’t really have any more ideas.'
But how is he able to do this for all of his staff? Simple: the company has just 50 or so employees and is completely self-financed. The absence of any kind of executive committee has some definite advantages, as the CEO explains, 'We do what we want and we adopt new initiatives quickly.' Every month, all employees are invited to share their opinions on how to improve the company.
Mr. Fried, where do we sign?