why would a company hire people they don’t trust?

I am fortunate enough to work for a company that has a great culture. But, plenty of my friends and colleagues battle the long slow death of a painful relationship with their workplace. The longer I’ve been at Zappos, the more unbelievable their stories have become.

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Meanwhile, more and more research is released every day that points to the benefits of providing great benefits to your employees, and taking time to cultivate a great company culture.

Imagine that, happy employees are good for business.

Netflix provides one of my most recent favorites stories in this space:

So if you think people in your organization are predisposed to rip you off, maybe the solution isn’t to build a tighter, more punitive set of rules. Maybe the answer is to hire new people.

To paraphrase one Netflix executive, the company doesn’t have a clothing policy either. But – so far at least – nobody has shown up to work naked.

[ via Netflix lets its staff take as much holiday as they want, whenever they want – and it works – Telegraph ]

But for me, the question at the core of all of this that I am most interested in is, WHY WOULD YOU HIRE SOMEONE YOU DON’T TRUST?!?

update: You should probably also read Startup Culture Lessons from Mad Men by Brian Halligan of HubSpot.