Recently I introduced Freedom as SmallBox's 8th core value. Here's an excerpt from my recent 2011 wrap up speech:
Starting February 1st, 2012 we now declare all SmallBox employees to be free.
- Free to come to work when they want for however long they want. Free to take as much vacation time as they need for whatever reason. Free to work and live the way they want to.
- With freedom comes responsibility. The responsibility to do our best work. To hit billable goals. To go above and beyond when needed. To thoughtfully communicate. To plan ahead. To think of others. To hold each other accountable when we stop growing or lose focus.
- If you need help knowing where the lines are, ask. If you want personal structure, create it.
Unlimited vacation days? Am I losing my mind? No more tracking PTO/vacation/sick days, etc? Am I actively trying to push SmallBox out of business? No, I think I'm just acknowledging that we are adults and can be trusted. To me this is the next logical step in handing over control of SmallBox to the team. They have earned it and I'm happy to cede more control and freedom to them as a result. I also trust that they will hold each other, and myself, accountable.