Business owners and managers are responsible for a lot of stuff that requires a lot of antacid to orchestrate. Getting work in the door, paying people, developing products and services, keeping clients happy, and, oh yeah - keeping everyone at work happy. The happy part is always the hard part. How do you go about fostering an environment that's fun, rewarding and fulfilling? Does company culture just 'happen', or is it something you have to consciously work at? * What happens when your company starts growing, and that small group you were so tight with becomes bigger and less 'connected?' * What does it mean when everyone starts going for drinks without you? * What do you do when personalities or work styles start clashing, and the Utopian work ship you set to build starts listing? * What can you do to keep things fun without making it seem 'fake?' * If someone doesn't say 'good morning', could they be mad at you? * What office policies are fair? Which ones are bogus? * How can you ensure people don't dread Monday mornings? * What are the top 10 things to watch out for that turn into corporate culture cancer? We'll look at these and other aspects of maintaining a positive and rewarding work environment, with a laser focus on sharing candid real-world stories and solutions that can help make your work environment the best it can be.
Greg is the President of Happy Cog, a leading website design and development consultancy.
Greg has two decades of management, business analytics, and interactive design experience. His career spans the legal, publishing, retail, insurance, and consulting services industries. Greg established several online businesses and ran his own user experience consultancy. In 2006, Greg and Happy Cog Founder Jeffrey Zeldman worked together to extend Happy Cog’s footprint by launching Happy Cog’s Philadelphia presence.
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