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    HR Policy

    Finally a company with an enlightened HR Policy. YOU decide how many days holiday you want to take a year.

    “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea”

    Netflix Culture

    # Rules Annoy Us

    Rules creep into most companies as they try to prevent errors by less-than-stellar employees. But rules also inhibit creativity and entrepreneurship, leading to a lack of innovation. Over time this drives a company to being less fun and less successful.

    Instead of adding rules as we grow, our solution is to increase talent density faster than we increase business complexity. Great people make great judgment calls and few errors, despite ambiguity.

    We believe in freedom and responsibility, not rules.

    For example, our vacation policy for salaried employees is "take some". There is no limit on vacation because all we care about is what you accomplish - not how. Similarly, our travel expense policy is "travel as you would on your own nickel." That's it. No soul-sapping policy manuals for us. In our first five years as public company, growing from $100m to over $1 billion in revenue, our commitment to freedom and responsibility has only grown.

    We have found that by avoiding rules we can better attract the creative mavericks that drive innovation, and our business is all about innovation. We are mitigating the big risk technology companies face (obsolescence), by taking on small risks (running without rules).

    Our one absolute rule, however, is integrity.
    Sounds similar to Nordstrom's policy statement.

    “Welcome to Nordstrom

    We’re glad to have you with our Company. Our number one goal is to provide outstanding customer service. Set both your personal and professional goals high. We have great confidence in your ability to achieve them.

    Nordstrom Rules: Rule #1: Use good judgment in all situations. There will be no additional rules.

    Please feel free to ask your department manager, store manager, or division general manager any question at any time.”
    [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordstrom[/ame]
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    Really good and inspirational. Thanks for posting

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    it wouls be great to work for an organisation with that kind of ethos.

    The problem is (over here, not the US) over regulation of the job market, and employment laws.

    In the US (I know as I work for a US ownded comapny and have visted their offices) if you took the p*ss witht he rules you would be down the road ina heart beat.

    Over here, the emplyer would be pushed to get rid of someone who 'retired on the job'. Most people wouldn't do this, but the odd one or two who would can kill (literally) a comapny, esp a smaller organisation.

    Also don't forget most US (as these policies read as if they are from US companies) companies only offer 2 weeks vacation a year, so they are probably thinking that extreme people would maybe take 3 weeks!!

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    It is one of the major downsides to working in usa the holiday.

    Russ

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