For many of us, it can be far too easy to feel like a cog in a machine. Many in larger corporations never get to even meet their boss - let alone enjoy the feeling of interacting with their higher-ups.
Well, one boss has decided to change all that. Dean Hall, chief executive of game developer Rocketwerkz, has a rather innovative approach to being a boss. Rather than racking the whip, he takes a more relaxed stance - and it seems to be working out for him.
In a capitalist society, work is a non-negotiable.For the vast majority of us, spending hours of our day at our place of work is just a reality of life.
Which, if you enjoy your work, is no problem.But sadly, many people find themselves stuck in careers they don't really feel passionate about.
And there's something that can make matters even worse.In certain companies, it can feel as though the hard work of the employees all goes into the pocket of an evil, exploitative boss.
Meaning people aren't rewarded for the work they do.*Cough* Jeff Bezos *cough*
But you know what can make all the difference?A little bit of human connection and feeling appreciated in the work you're doing.
As one boss seems to have learned.A big boss has hit headlines this week for figuring out how to show his employees he appreciates them - in a rather unusual way.
This is Dean Hall.
via: InstagramHe's the chief executive of a games development company, and he takes quite a surprisingly approach to bosshood.
Rocketwerkz is the company.
via: RocketwerkzAnd instead of working his employees to the bone, Hall takes a different strategy.
His key to maintaining a happy office?Trust - plus ample rewards.
"You can have 30 people working on $20 million or $30m projects so you're putting a lot of trust in them already.""If you are trusting them with big projects and large amounts of money, why can't you trust them to manage their time as well?" Hall explained to Stuff.
He offers employees unlimited time off.This extensive trust is something he believes is super important to build a positive relationship with his employees.
"You come in on December 23 and there's someone sitting at their desk and you say why are you here, why aren't you with your family?""They say they're saving leave up for the school holidays so they can take kids to Fiji. That's dumb."
"From our perspective, we just don't want people worrying up about saving time off.""If you want to take a block off and go off to Thailand to find yourself or something, you talk about that with your team."
He believes this leads to a happier work environment.Although he does admit that not everyone suits this level of freedom.
"For many it was their first real job and it went one of two ways."
via: Instagram"For some it worked fine but others needed structure, to be told the hours they needed to be at work."
This level of trust takes some time to pay off for the company."It can take one or two years before they start making value for the company and they need to get there by being at work and hearing what's happening."
You start with a job like any other.And it's only over time (and promotions) that you can start to earn these exceptional freedoms. Employees work their way up different tiers to get to the unlimited holiday time.
And holidays aren't the only benefit.Employees also get a share of profits from the games they work on, giving extra incentive to do their best.
Hall wants to encourage others to follow in his footsteps.
via: Instagram"I don't think you can judge someone's work output by the amount of leave they are taking."