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People Geekly #40

Issue No. 40, brought to you by Culture Amp
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This is the fortieth issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.

 Tweet of the week (2.5 sec)

"'Culture is the consequence of the values by which we live by' -Charles Day. #values #companyculture #4astalent2030"

kerry garner Venter  (@kerrytweeting)

In an effort to reduce the bias of which University candidates attended, Deloitte has decided to ‘hide’ the education section of its hiring process. The new method will not show the name of the school attended, and take into account certain disadvantages associated with attending an under-performing school. "Improving social mobility is one of the UK's biggest challenges," said David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK. It's not just Deloitte too, Ernst and Young and PwC are adopting a similar strategy.

I and We (3 min)

A Founder's ego is essential to having the courage to believe their “thing” is amazing enough to pursue and cultivate. But ego can also be the killer of good culture if it isn't checked at the door once the company begins to take off. Aaron Harris, Co-founder of Tutorspree and partner at Y Combinator, talks about the pitfalls of founders who have overactive egos and how to start using “we” instead of “I” when discussing the company. Finding the right balance is hard, but being aware is the best first step.

LeanIn.Org and McKinsey conducted a study on women in the workplace, which involved interviewing 30,000 employees and was designed to encourage female leadership and gender equality. Some of the key findings included a 'leadership ambition gap' which showed that women find the road to becoming a top executive far more stressful than for men. Others include: Women face an uneven playing field, citing that they feel four times more likely to be given fewer opportunities than men; Many employees feel that gender diversity is not a top priority for their CEO; Women feel that their job may be at risk if they take time off to raise a family. 

Culture Starts at the Top (3.5 min)  PICK OF THE WEEK 

Greenhouse Co-founder and CEO David Chait, stresses "the importance of founders shifting their culture from an implicit one to an explicit one once they hit 50 team members". However, whichever stage of growth you are at, Chait stresses Culture always starts from the top. At UpCounsel, "starting from the top" starts with on-boarding new employees - which despite rapid growth still sits with the Founders. As UpCounsel Co-Founder Mason Blake argues, “If you are going to bring on the best people you have to make sure that you’re setting them up for success."

Andrew Thackrah and Susie Byers discuss the trend (and potential scam) of workplace resilience efforts. Many wellness centers offer classes to help individuals find methods to deal with work-related stresses, but don't help fix the cause of the stress. This article argues that “workplace resilience” is simply a bandaid on a larger problem and works against true, health work-life balance. So should you ditch that meditation program? Probably not, but good to keep in perspective.


Culture Amp is partnering up with CULTURE LABx in October to run a two hour workshop on the topic of People Analytics. This interactive session with our data and insights team will run through how you can use data to measure the success of your company’s culture initiatives, something which we are sure if is of interest to all of the subscribers of the People Geekly.

Every October HR practitioners from around the world head to Las Vegas to attend the HR Tech Conference. For this month's San Francisco Geekup we are partnering with our friends at Udemy to share with our community what we learn at HR Tech, what people are talking about, and the future trends that are emerging in the people space. We hope to see you there.

After selling out in San Francisco earlier this year, Culture Amp is happy to announce that it's bringing the Culture X Design Unconference to New York. The idea is to get #peoplegeeks together so we can learn from each other with a combination of keynote speakers and unconference sessions. Don’t miss out.

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