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Lyceum: our offices follow an open-floor layout with a lot of natural lighting. In addition to our desks, we also have a few areas around the office with more casual seating. Our laptops are equipped to take our work wherever we want, and I think that freedom allows each employee to develop a workflow that works best for them. Outside of our HQ, I enjoy visiting a nearby teahouse when I need to engage my creative side. The atmosphere of the teahouse is warm and inviting, and they always have great artwork on display. What about you? What's your workspace setup, and how do you help encourage your own creativity?"
Hey Lyceum, thanks for the question. While it's hard to give an example of a business that's doing exactly those ten incentives verbatim, I'll use our own company, Palo Alto Software (PAS), as an example. Items #1 and #2 are integral to our company culture, and #3, while not used often, is certainly a tool our managers/supervisors are able to use if needed. Items #4, #6, and #7 are hard to quantitatively measure, but our executive team does a good job of implementing them in their respective departments. For item #5, PAS offers incentives related to maintaining physical health, through discounted gym memberships, and team involvement in community sports leagues. #8 is a fairly easy one to implement, and we have coffee carafes and boxes of tea in our kitchen that are for employee use/enjoyment. #9 and #10 are tackled by an internal committee that plans regular events to encourage our employees to have fun together, or participate in activities outside of the office. Here's a good recap with more examples: http://www.liveplan.com/blog/2014/08/work-hard-play-hard/ We also have our culture deck on SlideShare if you're interested in taking a look at it: http://www.slideshare.net/Bplans/14-0619-culture-deck-2 "
Hi Lyceum, Thanks for your comment! I am currently the community manager for Bplans.com (the source of the article I posted), and I also have done some freelance work on the side. From the freelancing perspective, I wished I better understood how to price my services before starting. It takes time to realize that your customer has a different perception and value of the work than you do. At the beginning, I assumed that because I was just starting off, I should charge less for my work. What I realized later is that most of my customers didn't care about how much or how little experience I had doing the work. If they believed I could deliver, they would be willing to pay for it. It wasn't necessary for me to try and undercut the "competition," as an apology for being somewhat inexperienced. Thanks again for your comment!"
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