Warby Parker’s Employee Enablement 

The company invented a process that invites all of its 800 workers to help manage the business. The new system, called Warbles, lets employees across Warby Parker nominate programming projects. Managers vote on them by assigning points to the tasks they think would add the most value. The programmers then get to pick the projects they’re most interested in, but they’re rewarded if they pick the ones with the most points. Teams of computer engineers compete to accumulate the most points, and after every quarter, the winning team gets a prize.

Warbles has been in place for about two years, and it’s illustrative of how the workplace is being reorganized. Once bastions of command-and-control culture, US companies are increasingly willing to experiment with structures that give employees more say in their work. From online retailer Zappos, which was an early adopter of a system of dismantling hierarchy called Holocracy, to Google, where employees can write their own job descriptions, the structure and shape of the firm is being renegotiated on multiple fronts. via Quartz

I could see this going poorly in an organization that thinks it is operating with open view … it takes a lot of trust to believe that the shared values will bring a collective sense of success. In this case though it’s working quite well and reminds me of an image I keep seeing shared on LinkedIn …



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