The art of workplace collaboration and inspiration is not only difficult, it's one few companies bother to perfect. Software developer Menlo Innovations has made it a personal mission. The result? Applicants who develop a "company crush" during interviews.
"The company prizes collaboration above all things, because that is what employees do all day, every day. Nearly everyone at Menlo works in pairs. Two people share a single computer, passing the mouse back and forth while brainstorming ideas and double-barreling problems. Pairs stay together for a week. On Mondays, they all switch, like dancers in a Jane Austen novel. Employees start fresh not only with new partners each week but also, in many cases, with new pieces of a project or a new project altogether. There's a little bit of a learning curve with every change, but the new person brings a fresh perspective to the proceedings."
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