Paying Occasional Homage to Self-expression in the Workplace
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Instead, the half dozen programmers at IntraActive left the offices empty and opted for a more dorm-like environment: They knocked down some walls and now glom together in a windowless room across the hall, complete with well-stocked refrigerator and more than 1,000 CDs feeding the stereo. Average age: 23.
"We don't have to have meetings anymore," said chief technology officer Justin Fidler. "Someone will ask somebody a question, and people turn around in their chairs if they want to join the conversation." InterActive chief executive Larry Schlang insists the move was done at the code-crunchers' request and not to save money on rent (he now leases the empty offices to a small law firm).
A recruiting brochure promotes the lack of cubicles, dress codes and scheduled work hours. The company's motto, after all, is "Have fun at work." One hitch: Drones can't crank up the music until the tenant attorneys leave for the night-and in Washington, that's usually later than the programmers would like.
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