#1 on the list is the 7,000 person data storage company, NetApp. They have some great business philosophies that show they treat employees like owners of the company – a key to creating a truly innovation organization.
The article says…
NetApp early on ditched a travel policy a dozen pages long in favor of this maxim: “We are a frugal company. But don’t show up dog-tired to save a few bucks. Use your common sense.”
Rather than business plans, many units write “future histories,” imagining where their business will be a year or two out.
Five paid days for volunteer work, $11,390 adoption aid, and autism coverage.
The company has gained market share during the slump, hasn’t had layoffs, and has more than $2 billion in cash on hand to help it ride out the global financial crisis.
Clearly they are doing something right.