Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan discussing 'workplace flexibility' at White House
Rich Sheridan, CEO of Ann Arbor-based software firm Menlo Innovations, is participating right now in a forum on "workplace flexibility" at the White House. The discussion is streaming live on the White House's Web site.
Sheridan's participation in the event came after Menlo won the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for the fourth straight year. Sheridan told AnnArbor.com that he expected that he might meet President Barack Obama at the event.
Menlo regularly receives accolades for its innovative work environment. Two programmers share one computer, nobody has an office or permanent desk, and employees get new work partners on a weekly basis.
"The workforce has changed from the way it was when I grew up and I was going into the workforce," Sheridan told AnnArbor.com. "Today’s workforce requires some very creative solutions to make sure you’re keeping the talented people on your team."
During a breakout discussion visible right now, Sheridan was discussing the importance of encouraging employees to take vacation.
"We actually tell employees you’re not taking enough time off," he said. "This is healthy for you because this translates to energy, productivity and (work) quality."
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