Best Companies Rank (84)Name: Sue Sonday
Title: Project manager
Tenure: Four years
Best benefit: Sonday and her peers can set their own schedules and work from booths, couches, quiet zones, even their cars.
Chances are you're reading this sitting at your desk in an office. But if you worked at Capital One, you'd probably be working in your car, at your kitchen table, or even in the waiting room at your dentist's office. You'd have a company laptop, BlackBerry and iPod, and when you did want to go to any Capital One office from Boston to Kansas City, you'd be walking into an open-plan space with no walls, where you could choose to plunk yourself down at a desk, in a booth, on a couch, or in a special "quiet zone" designed to eliminate distractions. Capital One calls this its Future of Work project. It's the brainchild of chief human resources officer Matt Schuyler, who is also in charge of real estate. The 4,000 iPods now in employees' hands can be used to download any of 10,000 different courses, many of them from Harvard and other top B-schools, as well as to tune in to internal company information like quarterly updates from the CFO.
Since Capital One rolled out the Future of Work last October to 40 percent of its workforce, in-house surveys say employee satisfaction has risen 41 percent. "I like being able to work from home at 6 a.m. before the baby wakes up, drop her off at day care, then stop at the gym," says Sue Sonday, a project manager in corporate technology. Adds Schuyler: "The world isn't a cube farm anymore."
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