When I made the transition two years ago from working with a 100 year-old organization — one I had called home for almost eight years — to working with companies sometimes less than 100 hours old, I assumed I would see tremendous differences.
In my early career, I had experienced the textbook definition of outdated management thinking that centered on hierarchy and lack of trust.
Our physical presence at the office during the workweek was considered proof that we were doing our jobs. Someone was often assigned to stand at the door to make note of the people who were more than a few minutes late. Despite the fact that almost every employee was a working parent, if you wanted to see your child in a school play or take him or her to the doctor during work hours, you had to request a half-day off — time off was not allocated in hourly increments. There were also fairly rigid dress code requirements; for instance, if women wore skirts, we expected to wear pantyhose (and this was in 2003).startup, Organization