Bill Gore founded WL Gore & Associates, a manufacturing company that produces a famous waterproof tissue. WL Gore is one of the best companies to work for, indeed WL Gore is listed at the 15th rank.
The Culture is unique and a major reason for Gore's Success. The objective of Gore is to make money and have fun.
To arrive at this, Bill Gore proposes a structure where everyone shares the same title of “associate.” There are neither chains of command nor channels of communication. Leaders replace the idea of “bosses.” Associates choose to follow leaders rather than have bosses assigned to them.
Bill explains in a newspaper: “You promote yourself by gaining knowledge and working hard, everyday. There is no competition, except with yourself."
The system encourages workers to be creative, take risks, and perform at their highest level. Hands-on product innovation and prototyping are encouraged. Teams typically organize around opportunities, new product concepts, or businesses. And they succeed with small teams. Bill Gore took time out to talk and get feedback from the manufacturing associates
As the employee progressed there came more responsibility and the performance evaluation is based on the marks given by peers within the company.
Gore gives employees a lot of personal freedom, hours and days worked are flexible (for example if an employee has to keep up childs at school, he can) and moreover working from home is acceptable when needed.
Bill Gore expresses three culture principles:
Freedom: Associates have the freedom to encourage and help other associates. ▪
Fairness: Associates should demonstrate fairness to each person with whom they come in contact ▪
Commitment: You don't have a job you have a commitment.
This is not simply replacing words with other words it truly is a different way of operating. Employees are in control of their future at WL Gore, if you have gained the trust and respect of other, you can expect them to start...
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