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W. L. Gore

W. L. Gore

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W. L. Gore
 A case study in work environment redesign
 
W. L. Gore & Associates
 A case study in work environment redesign
Company background and results
W. L. Gore & Associates is a US-based manuacturer that specializes in making products that utilize advanced materials. Its best-known product is Gore-ex abrics. Te company, ounded in 1958 by Bill Gore, has grown to over 10,000 employ-ees with more than $3 billion in global revenue in 2012, up rom $1.6 billion in revenue in 2004.
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 Te company has operations in over 20 countries and is consistently ranked as one o the United States’ top places to work by the Great Places to Work Institute.
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Challenge-specific teaming
One o the hallmarks o W. L. Gore’s work envi-ronment is its com-mitment to democratic decision making. At the company, associates choose the work they do and make commitments to their colleagues on what they will
Can the way the workplace is constructed—physically, virtually, and managerially—affect employee performance? The Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge report
Work environment redesign
, based on a study of more than 75 organizations, argues that the work environment can have a critical impact on employee productivity, passion, and innovation. The study outlines nine design principles that can help employers gain more value from their people.This case study explores ways that manufacturer W. L. Gore & Associates is applying these design principles to enhance its own corporate environment.
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Figure 1. Work environment design principles used at W. L. Gore
A case study in work environment redesign
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