#8: Be informal but serious

October 2, 2007

We want an enjoyable and relaxed place to work.

We want to come to work.

We don’t wear expensive suits, or flashy ties.

We don’t sit in offices with walls or doors, although we’re cool with people wearing headphones when they need to concentrate on what they are doing or using a meeting room to make a private phone call.

We have some unusual things in the office - a pool table, scooters, graffiti on the walls, etc.

When people who aren’t used to this kind of work environment visit they sometimes confuse informal for slack.

But, make no mistake about how serious we are about what we do.

We want to have fun while committing 100% to our work and completing whatever we need to do to be successful.

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