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People Geekly #88

Issue No. 88, brought to you by Culture Amp
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Recently, Amazon began piloting a program of part-time teams, on which people work only 30-hours per week. Curiosity around how this change will appeal to workers with children, mothers, or anyone who wants more work-life balance has begun. According to USA Today, “While many Amazon employees work a reduced 30-hour-per-week schedule, the difference here is that the entire team would be composed of part-time employees, including managers.” Will other companies follow suit? 

6 Tips For Crafting a Parental Leave Policy (4 min)

Parental leave policies often spark spirited conversation, and there can be a gap between what an organization would like to provide for employees with children, and what they can afford. To get an insider perspective, we spoke with four leading HR experts from Spotify, ustwo, weeSpring, and Poppin. With their insight, we offer six great tips on how to craft your company’s parental leave policy.

What's a Returnship? (4 min)

Six tech companies will begin offering “returnships:” 18-week paid internships for mid-career professionals who want to get back to the workplace after taking time off to care for a child, parent, or other loved one. The returnship idea was started internally at Return Path, and has recently launched into an independent nonprofit. While there isn’t a guarantee that participating in the program will lead to a full time job, it’s a way to reintroduce people to the world of work and provide them with networking opportunities. The statistics aren’t bad either, 80% of past participants were offered employment at the company where they interned and 90% are now employed.

Culture is a Process, Not a Series of Checkboxes (5 min)

Focus on amplifying the process of culture by setting up an environment where your people can have the space they need to grow, maintain, and spread the culture around; not by focusing on the outcomes of this process. By taking cues from cultural anthropology and art, we can better understand culture as a process.

Three Stories Leaders Should be Able to Tell (24 min)

Don Faul has worked at Facebook, Google and Pinterest, and sees storytelling as the backbone of meaningful work. He says, “We’re fortunate to work in an industry where meaningful work is getting done, and people badly want their work to be meaningful. Stories connect the two. It’s the skill every leader needs to learn.” The failure, the good example and the inspiration are three types of stories that leaders should be able to tell. Faul’s levers to good storytelling are also shared. 


August 31, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Honest Company 

September 1, 2016 - Sydney, NSW @ Ansarada  
September 13, 2016 - Melbourne, VIC @ REA Group 
September 20, 2016 - Berlin, DE @ Soundcloud
September 20, 2016 - Washington, DC @ Optoro

October 4, 2016 - London, UK @ WeWork 

November 8, 2016 - Manchester, UK @ AutoTrader 

Other Events 
September 12, 2016 - #HROS San Francisco Launch Party @ ENO Wine Bar

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