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People Geekly #68

Issue No. 68, brought to you by Culture Amp
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This is the sixty-eighth issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.

 Tweet of the week (2.5 sec)

"You don’t have to be a tech company in Calif. to have a good company culture” - @Josh_Bersin #GoalSummit @BetterWorks"

Monica Norton  (@monicalnorton)

After looking at Five HR titles to look for in 2016, we met with five different HR team members with unique titles to hear their stories. What better way to understand the evolution of the industry than to speak with people who work in it on a day-to-day basis? You’ll hear from a Mood Coordinator, Chief Happiness Officer, Experience Coordinator, Culture Evangelist, and People Operations Manager on how they got their titles and what they think about working in Human Resources. 

Is contract work the best way forward?  (5 min)

Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University takes a look at “modern work” as he sees it transforming into contract work. Looking at the history of labor agreements and job security today he says, “What’s missing from the current labor market is a sense of humanity—as contrasted with lots of emphasis on efficiency, costs, and productivity. Human beings are social creatures. We crave companionship, seek to be part of communities, and thrive on social support.” Whether or not modern work is fulfilling these needs is what he aims to understand. 

Chris Byers, CEO of Formstack provides his firsthand tips for onboarding remote employees effectively. He says to set expectations from day one, invest in a support system and foster a digital culture of camaraderie. One way Formstack invests in a support system is providing all remote employees with a “monthly allowance to use for coworking space rentals, home office equipment or other tools and technologies they need to be effective from afar.” Read the full article to see what else Formstack and other companies do to onboard remote employees.    

We explore the "whole self" concept, defined as bringing all components of what makes you, “you” to the workplace. From asking pointed questions in an interview to a company that interviews family members, we look at how to be your whole self from the beginning. However, that's only half of the story. We also explore how workplaces allow for an environment in which employees are comfortable to express themselves. 

Hubspot has released their response to allegations in Dan Lyon’s “scathing” book “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.” Founder and CTO Dharmesh Shah begins the LinkedIn post by saying, “This is our honest take on the book and not a take-down. If you were expecting harsh, retaliatory attacks on Dan or his book, you can safely stop reading.” He gives his take on Hubspot’s culture and addresses several specific points brought up in the book such as: “When people were fired did you actually call it a graduation?”


Melbourne Geekup at Donkey Wheel House - April 27th
Sydney Geekup at AdRoll - May 12th 

Our friends at Udemy present Bringing Employee Engagement to Life in San Francisco on April 28th 

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