Employees change desks each year for stronger teamwork at Care.com.
CEO and founder Sheila Lirio Marcelo says that all employees of her company, Care.com, change desks every year. In her NYT interview, she says that the rotation is mandatory and the arrangement is determined by corporate leadership. The annual change of location reduces “turfiness” and enables the 40-employee staff to get to know each other. The end result is stronger teamwork. Marcelo says that new space each year has “actually become an exciting thing that people embrace.”
Marcelo also heartily supports the practice of keeping a journal for raising awareness of one’s own style and behaviors with the aim of improving. See “Be A Better Leader—Take Notes!”. Care.com helps people find babysitters, nannies, senior care providers, pet sitters and other specialized care services across the U.S..
Author and consultant Kathleen A. Paris, Ph.D., speaks on healthy workplaces, provides consulting for strategic planning, process improvement and redesign, and professional development for leaders. Read more »