This is the sixty-third issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.
"Culture is not a war to win; culture is a garden to take care of."
With company shares becoming a more prevalent part of the employee compensation package, eShares has set out to make their offer letters more informative (and hopefully more effective). eShares CEO Henry Ward explains his rationale, “At eShares we spend a lot of time thinking about how to better educate employees on startup equity. Even new hires at eShares often don’t understand the equity compensation component of their offer letter.” Ward is sharing his company’s offer letter with the hope of helping people interviewing at startups make more informed decisions.
Benefits of transparency (4.5 min)
Matt Straz, CEO at Namely talks about the pros of being a transparent company. Being a transparent company will help your employees feel more comfortable about sharing and trusting you. “It empowers employees to actively engage with co-workers and management,” says Straz. It also helps employees be more productive when they know exactly what is expected of them. There is no time wasted second-guessing their duties. He also points out the benefits of being completely open and honest when hiring new employees too. “When employers provided more information to job seekers, the online job search effort saw a significant boost,” says Straz.
According to Anne Dwane, former CEO of Zinch and Chief Business Officer of Chegg, it’s easy (and important) for leaders to adopt learner mindsets: Gamer, Beginner, and Growth. The Gamer Mindset challenges us to tackle real-world problems with the courage, willpower, and creativity we use when playing games. The Beginner’s Mindset adopts an optimistic attitude, along with being childlike and curious. The Growth Mindset empowers risk-taking by freeing you from associating failure with your self-worth. Along with an analysis of each mindset, this article provides advice on how to hire a team of constant learners from asking the right questions in the first interview, to reviewing an assignment, and even checking references.
Meetings: Thieves of productivity (16.5 min)
Virginia Heffernan of the NY Times, describes Paul Graham’s 2009 essay “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule” in action at New York startup Spring. The idea of the essay is that Managers and “Makers” (employees) have different reactions to meetings. Managers reasons are generally painted with an ugly brush in this situation, where meetings interrupt the “Maker’s” productivity time. Heffernan also examines the use of Slack to cut back on meetings, though Spring’s CTO Octavian Costache says Slack cannot be a total replacement for meetings.
As the co-founder and CEO of Radical Candor, Kim Scott has introduced a framework of giving feedback in the workplace. Aptly named “radical candor” it is described as “the ability to give feedback in a way that challenges people directly, and at the same time shows you care about them personally.” Included in the framework that produced radical candor are three other feedback styles: ruinous empathy, manipulative insincerity, and obnoxious aggression, all explained in detail. This article explores how gender bias and gender politics affect different methods of feedback within the model, especially radical candor. Scott provides a discussion around why gender bias makes radical candor harder for both men and women and includes practical tips on how to understand and overcome such bias.
We’ve got a lot of People Geekups planned for 2016. If you’d like to host a People Geekup in your city in 2016, reply to this email and we will be in touch.
Vancouver, Canada on March 21st.
Toronto, Canada on March 22nd.
Chicago on March 24th.
Denver on March 29th.
San Francisco on April 12th.
If any of the events are sold out, make sure to grab a waitlist ticket as we’re looking to expand some of the venues.
Our friends at Udemy are holding an event in Los Angeles, CA on March 31st, called "Bringing Employee Engagement to Life." You can register for this event here.
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