At Menlo Innovations, a small software company in Ann Arbor, Mich., growth and success have largely resulted from a company-wide commitment to cultivating joy in the office.
Richard Sheridan, chief executive officer of Menlo, walks through the process behind this commitment in his recently published book, “Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love.”
Menlo Innovations approached its culture of joy with the simple notion that team members wanted a place where they were excited to work. Joy is the reason Menlo Innovations exists, according to Sheridan. “It defines what we do and how we do it. It’s the single shared belief of our entire team,” he writes.
His book illuminates the “radical practices” and disciplines that Menlo Innovations relies on to foster a sense of joy in an industry known for burnout. The book also expands on what Sheridan refers to as the “business value” of joy, a concept that drives productivity and has compelled thousands of visitors to tour Menlo Innovations to learn more about its innovative culture.
“Joy, Inc.” is available on www.800ceoread.com for $22.36.