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People Geekly #53

Issue No. 53, brought to you by Culture Amp
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This is the fifty-third issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.

"2016 could well be the *Year of The Employee*. Where firms truly believe & build the culture fabric *Employee First*"

Aadil Bandukwala  (@aadil)

Just because a company has a ping-pong table or a shiny new webpage, doesn’t mean they have a good company culture. Don’t think it will save yours either. If you’re planning to do some cultural reorganization, there are some questions you can ask yourself as you get started: How is your onboarding? Do people feel trusted? Do people have to compete for resources? Do people feel they are spending more time defending their position in the company than actually working? Would social activities happen organically within your company without mandate? 

Remote Parties (2.75 min)

Highly successful software company InVision purposely does not have a company HQ. All its employees work remotely. So what does the company do when it comes to end-of-the-year holiday parties? CEO and Co-founder Clark Valberg says there are several ways employees can get together. Sometimes employees in the same region will gather for events. Sometimes those who are traveling will join regionals throughout the year as well. While the team may be spread out and not in the same physical space every day, they keep in contact daily with short meetings, Slack and Trello.

Tickets to our Geekups in Melbourne, San Francisco, Vancouver, New York and Chicago.
(More coming soon)
Meta Management (4.5 min)

Lara Callender Hogan, Senior Engineering Manager at Etsy, writes about her recent transition into meta management - managing managers. She found it to be an adjustment as she became more hands-off of the day-to-day engineering work. When she found the urge to participate with the engineers, she did things like writing up new processes for teams, or scheduling skip-level lunches. She also notes even though she may see how to administer the engineers, how important it is to not step on the toes of the manager she’s managing, and let them learn to manage the engineers themselves. 

Often people will carelessly send out an email late at night because they just thought of something and want to do it before they forget. But this can lead to and perpetuate poor habits.  Some employees will think they need to respond right away in order to impress when they see a late night email come through. Some will respond right away because they have a bad habit of constantly feeling the need to connect. Either way, sending after-hours emails does not help people disengage the way they should. 

A common problem for many startups is keeping the good culture alive as the company grows. Ten CEOs (including Matt Straz of Namely, Joe Coleman of Contently and Olga Vidisheva from Shoptiques) discuss what it takes to keep the culture thriving. These ideas include keeping your team accountable to the core values, high-prioritizing culture, and giving employees a sense of ownership. They also suggest giving everything a personal touch, holding company outings and events, making cultural growth a daily habit and rewarding those who keep the culture vibrant. 


Culture Amp is excited to announce that 2016 will see the expansion of People Geekup events to new cities around the world. To kick things off, we will facilitate a discussion around People Analytics trends and predictions 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.

Get your ticket for:
Melbourne on Jan 14th.
San Francisco on Jan 19th.
Vancouver on Jan 21st.
New York on Jan 26th
Chicago on Jan 27th.

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