1. Employees tend to become good friends in amazing companies. They are there for each other beyond the 8-5 work hours. They tend to bond by spending time together after hours, on the weekends and on trips. They fall in love with each other, get married, and their children also become friends. They also go to weddings and celebrate birthdays and big events. Studies show that having friends and close connections at work increase happiness and productivity as well as retention of employees.
As Jenn Lim, the cultural consultant for Zappos, says, "If you get the culture right, then the rest just falls into place."
2. The new business shift is about supporting and giving back. It's been shown time after time that when people work together in a collaborative environment, they achieve more than if there is a competitive driving force that is pitting them against each other.
3. A collaborative business works well -- amazing companies know that this mindset exists for the good of everyone. There is a definite energy that comes from employees who enjoy working together. This extends outwards beyond the walls of the company to their partners, affiliates, suppliers and vendors, as relationships are treated with respect and caring for each other.