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People Geekly #03

Issue No. 03, brought to you by Culture Amp

Welcome
This is the third newly minted issue of The People Geekly from us at Culture Amp - updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.   

Tweet of the week (Read: 2.5 seconds)

"innovation often arises in response to a dramatic increase in our ability to measure something" - @kellan

The dark side of company culture (Read: 2 mins)
The cult of employee happiness can have an oft overlooked consequence, says Paul Hebert who asks "how many employees [...] feel they can’t be themselves because they aren’t as happy as the next person?" He points out that "engagement and culture are variables in an equation from day to day, week to week or month to month." He says, "allow for dissension. Dissension isn’t disengagement", rather "dissension is the sincerest form of engagement."

Transparent pay structures (Read: 2 mins. 30 secs)
An interesting development as a result of the Sony email hacks was the fact that the pay differences between male and female movie stars was exposed. Charlize Theron successfully pushed to she get the same pay as her male co-star Chris Hemsworth for “The Huntsman.” It's opened up an interesting question about how to possibly deal with significant pay gaps that exist between male and female co-workers. Could transparent pay structures be the answer? Buffer has had one for a while now.
 


HR spending increases (Read: 4 mins)
US human resources organizations have increased spending on talent initiatives in 2014, following a rise in employee turnover to 20 percent in 2013 – up from 17 percent in 2010, according to new research from Bersin by Deloitte. There's also some evidence the increased spending pays off, with the research showing that "mature HR organizations have more staff and less involuntary employee turnover."

Creating creative cultures (Read: 5 mins) OUR TOP READ
Great list of advice from Honeybook CEO on building creative cultures that are deliberately fluid and innovative. "Unless you’re trying to re-create a Ford factory model, more carbon copies aren’t the key to creating an innovative company," writes Oz Alon. "Instead, build a diverse team whose strength lies in its members' range of work experience, education and cultural backgrounds that play off of one another."

The power of Paypal (Read: 8 mins)
We've all heard of the Paypal mafia, but it turns out there is more to the myth than the ongoing success many in the team have had, specifically the culture they created "was strong enough to transcend the original company." In this summary of Peter Thiel's Zero to One, there's some advice on recruiting that includes Thiel's belief that recruiting should never be outsourced and that  "every individual in team should be responsible for just one thing." It's a great TL;DR option for those too short on time to read the book. 

Company culture - in slides (Read: As fast as you can slide)
Game devs Rocket Games have shared a slide deck that defines their culture based on who they are, and what they want to be. It's a good generic example of a culture deck. Our all time favourite is the one put together by Possible. We're working on our own and hope to share that all with you soon. 

OOPS ...  last week we sent you to the wrong page for our upcoming Culture x Design panel in San Francisco in February 24, so here is the correct link. Come along and hear our awesome panel discuss how to better design 'culture with intent’ drawing from their own personal experiences. We also have a waiting list for ourunconference on the same day, which is already at full capacity. 

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