Offices are the reflexive norm because it can be hard to feel like a "real" company, or like you have a "real" job, if you don't gather in the same place each day. But the decision to have an office can often reflect a lack of imagination and a regression to the mean more than anything else
In this episode of the Future in Five, I discuss the recent news about Zappos and the fact that hundreds of employees are leaving the 1,500-person company as a result of its implementation of something called "holacracy."
What should the role of HR be in a corporation? It many respects, the answer is obvious and simple. It should take primary responsibility for providing input, advice, direction, and execution with respect to organization effectiveness.
It's too early to declare that Netflix is a dominant force in the entertainment industry, but it's not too early to acknowledge that they have successfully changed their business model in a very short period of time.