I feel my days in Corporate America were simply preparation for my own business. Working in large companies showed me what to do, and what not to do. Here are some things I learned while being an employee that I brought into my own business: 1. Do not be a helicopter boss. I always hated bosses that hover, watch over your shoulder, and micro manage their employees while barely doing any work themselves. I've always felt that everyone working in an office is old enough to know the consequences for not completing their work. Therefore, constantly nagging people about getting their work completed is not needed. How I removed this from my business: My office hours are from 8am - 5pm. I tell all my employes to have their daily work done by 4pm each day. If their work is in by 4pm, they can go home at 4pm. They will also get a bonus if they submit their work by 4pm on a consistent basis. They never know when a bonus is coming, so it gives them motivation to keep getting their work done by 4pm so they do not miss out on cash. I'm sure you can guess what productivity is like in my office. 2. Have food at the office. I remember working for a large, well-known oil company when I was 20 years old. The company spoiled it's employees like you wouldn't believe. The company had it's own credit union, a full sized gym, dry cleaning services, a gourmet cafeteria, an outdoor greenhouse garden connecting 2 separate buildings with plenty of seating, and plenty of overtime work. It was a joy to go to work everyday and enjoy all that. The part I liked best was the gourmet food. Every morning I had bacon, eggs, pancakes, waffles, or cinnamon rolls for breakfast. It was a very unique experience and it caused me to look forward to work and I naturally performed at high levels. How I added this to my business: Everyone usually works from home, but when we do get together, I always have food when employees arrive, such as a huge box of donuts, warm soft baked cookies, or cinnamon rolls. Enough so everyone can have about 2 or 3. It makes them happy they came. They weren't expecting free food, and if they were, they didn't expect it to be good food. If it will be a long day and I know we will be working hard, I will usually arrange to have lunch somewhere they actually like, such as Chipolte or In and Out Burger. Again, this lets employees know that if they show up to work, there just might be some free food waiting for them when they get there. This increases attendance and puts them in a good mood. Then they don't mind working because they feel they received something extra for their efforts. What concepts and ideas did you see at your corporate jobs that you stole and began using in your own business?