This month I presented my board with a Telework Policy which gives managers and program team members the flexibility to work at home if it's more productive. We've been doing this for years but I wanted to have a policy in place to protect both employees and the library. Now there's an understanding and a procedure. I don't know of any other libraries with a policy governing telecommuting, but I'd love to hear from them if there are.
Libraries need to start being run like a business. We pride ourselves on innovation but we don't model it in our own internal structure. Libraries should be about collaboration and taking advantage of advances in technology rather than micromanaging employees.
I've been reading quite a bit about Zappo's experimentation with holocracy. If you haven't been following this story, check out this article from Forbes Magazine.Or visit holocracy.org for more information. I have to wonder how this type of structure would work in libraries. It's an intriguing concept.
As is the case with most library directors, I'd love to spend more time investigating this type of management technique, but I just don't have enough hours in the day. And it's a shame, because I think adopting new policies and practices could increase employee retention.
While this will never happen in libraries, businesses are even adopting nap policies. Check out these pods, which the company calls "fatigue management solutions." Innovative companies are adopting nap policies!
Well, I have to get back to work. I have a skatepark to name....