The average lifespan of a company shrank from 61 years in 1958 to only 18 years today. If you make it past the already gruelling start-up phase, how do you ensure the longevity of your company? Blair Burmeister investigates.
What now for BlackBerry? Who would possibly be interested in picking up the pieces – and should users abandon ship? The answer to the latter is “not just yet”. The carriers that provide BlackBerry devices and services will have to keep them running for now, no matter what. So if you have a BlackBerry you can keep it – but you’re highly unlikely to be replacing it with another BlackBerry in the future. If you’re in the market for a phone right now, I’d look elsewhere.
Fortunately, a handful of companies, mostly in the technology and creative industries, are pioneering a fresh and forward-thinking approach to the workplace. Search-giant Google, which has topped Fortune’s “Best Places To Work” list for the past two years, is a great place to look for inspiration. Beyond providing perks such as bowling alleys, billiard tables, free food, gym memberships, and Wi-Fi-outfitted shuttle rides to the office, the company is conscientiously fostering the emotional and intellectual wellbeing of its staff.