Back in 2012 the Valve Employee handbook was making its rounds across the internet – (http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1074301/Valve_Handbook_LowRes.pdf). It was all about innovation, creativity and a streamlined company. very interesting read, but I have not heard about it in a while. I found an article from a former employee at Valve – and the issues of a flat organization http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-07-08-valves-flat-structure-leads-to-cliques-say-ex-employee.
I think there are problems at both ends of the spectrum – over supervison and under supervision. If supervisors found a middle ground- trust your staff, establish the vision and intent and then let them do what they were hired to do. Most people want the organization to succeeed and will do what is necessary to get there.
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