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De­sign firm IDEO has a ‘cul­ture of helping’, where ev­ery­one from in­terns to the CEO are en­cour­aged to throw their two cents into cre­ative prob­lem-solv­ing. It also wouldn’t be un­usual for an all-of­fice email to go out to hun­dreds of col­leagues read­ing, “Any­one tried that new cof­fee spot?”.


Online fash­ion store Zap­pos hires ac­cord­ing to cul­tural fit, of­fers new em­ploy­ees US$2000 to quit af­ter their first week of train­ing if they’re not feel­ing it, and was an early adopter of the open-plan work­ing space.


In­no­va­tion is king at Adobe, where at any staff mem­ber’s re­quest, they’ll be handed a ‘Kick­box’ con­tain­ing sta­tionery, snacks and a US$1000 pre­paid credit card to ex­plore their idea, no ques­tions asked – nor ex­pense re­ports filed.


This tele­com gi­ant gives em­ploy­ees ‘hom­ing, zon­ing and roam­ing op­tions’ to select where they work from each day, and re­cently an­nounced a pro­gram to recruit up to 1000 women who have been on ca­reer breaks out­side the com­pany, into man­age­rial and front­line po­si­tions.


Talk about start­ing a new job the right way: Aussie tech dar­ling Atlassian sends new hires on a paid hol­i­day be­fore they start – by way of an AU$500 Wo­tif.com voucher. Their ShipIt Days, where staff work on what­ever com­pany project they want for 24 hours, are def­i­nitely helping ex­ist­ing hires stay on board.


“Em­pow­er­ing imag­i­na­tion since 1932”, Dan­ish toy man­u­fac­turer Lego has a cul­ture based on open­ness, trust and a solid set of core val­ues in­clud­ing Fun with a cap­i­tal ‘F’. The com­pany also wel­comes kids into their workspaces for tours and cocre­ation events.


Hun­gar­ian soft­ware start-up Prezi is proudly in­tro­vert-friendly, with CEO and co-founder Peter Ar­vai (a self-pro­claimed in­tro­vert) fo­cused on cre­at­ing an all-per­son­al­ity in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment. Un­lim­ited va­ca­tion keeps all of them happy.


So­cially con­scious travel web­site Ex­pe­dia matches em­ployee do­na­tions of up to US$4000 to el­i­gi­ble non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions of their choice, and even gives them a ‘Global Day of Car­ing’ off work to vol­un­teer for com­mu­nity projects.


Built around the spirit of ‘ohana’ (which rep­re­sents family and their bonds in Hawai­ian), the com­pany cul­ture at cloud com­put­ing com­pany Sales­force sees team mem­bers treated to a monthly ‘well­ness re­im­burse­ment’ for gym mem­ber­ships, yoga, mas­sages and more.


Fin­nish soft­ware com­pany Futurice keeps its peo­ple smil­ing with code camps, where hack­ers spend a few days deep in the woods or on a se­cluded island, and Fu­tuFri­day, a monthly event for learn­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tion and (im­por­tantly) eat­ing.

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