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People Geekly #65

Issue No. 65, brought to you by Culture Amp
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This is the sixty-fifth issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.

 Tweet of the week (2.5 sec)

"Collaboration is key to workplace culture. Not the forced kind, but the natural, social kind. "

Monica savage  (@mpsavage)

With National Volunteer Week (Observed from April 10-16) on the horizon, many companies will take the time to give back. Ryan Scott, CEO of Causecast, advocates for employee volunteer programs that welcome family members. He says, “Companies would be well-served to encourage the bonding, pride and scientifically proven sense of happiness that comes from giving back and make it easy for employees to occasionally involve their whole families.” Scott provides a list of family and kid-friendly volunteer activities that your company can partake in this year and into the future. 

Whitewashing resumes (5 min)

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Toronto and Stanford University, featured in The Atlantic, there is more work to be done when it comes to diversity in the hiring process. The study looked into “whitening” of resumes, a practice in which “minority job seekers scrub away language that might reveal their race, for fear that can it lead to conscious or unconscious discrimination…” Researchers analyzed how and why individuals would “whiten” their resumes as well as how companies responded to both original and “whitened” resumes. 

Kavi Guppta discusses five ways that companies can set up remote workers for success. The list includes information on providing a remote work allowance, access to technology and learning experiences, communications etiquette, frequent feedback and employee engagement, and regular team meet ups. In particular, he says that, “Feedback and engagement becomes especially important for team members who are less visible or interact with colleagues infrequently because of remote working.” The overall takeaway is that remote employees have different workplace needs and employers can put in a little extra effort to understand and cater to their remote workforce.

Following a discussion on why engineers hate bad process, Medium author, rands, explains how good process can be beneficial to a company’s culture. When your team is small, process is not needed because everyone knows each other and feels equally responsible for the company. As the team grows you form two camps: the old guard (exemplify company values, longer-term employees) and the new guard (new employees who are confused about the company culture). To unite these two camps and grow in a positive direction, rands says, “Process should be written by those who are not only intimately experiencing the pain of a lack of process, but who are also experts in the culture.” 

The famous novel Bridget Jones’ Diary and the films after it, have served as a cultural commentary for the ages. In the year of the third Bridget Jones movie’s release, The New Yorker writer Daniel Wenger takes a look at the parallels that exist between the fictional character and real-life workers. He specifically cites the New York Times article “What Happens When Millennials Run the Workplace?,” published this past weekend as a basis for discussion. Are Millennials rude or misunderstood? How did entering the workforce after the Great Recession affect their career trajectories? Will Bridget Jones be happy? These and other questions are artfully explored. 


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.

Denver on March 29th.
Philadelphia on April 6th.
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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