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Culture Chalk Talk: HACK

The WeVue Culture Chalk Talks are quick snapshots into ways you can quickly change the dynamics of your workplace. We share insights on things we’re doing at WeVue to build a stronger team, successes and failings of small and large companies, and culture hacks to encourage more employee engagement and better communication. If you have a suggestion or a question you’d like us to discuss, let us know in the comments. HACK: The word hack has had a serious shift in meaning over the last ten or so years. What used to be a negative term to describe breaking in or stealing information is now a term used to describe how many Fortune 100 companies operate on a daily basis. Hacking is this idea of working fast on small digestible projects that in turn will amount to an overall better product or solution. Hacking something together is the way successful companies build products and troubleshoot issues. This week we talk about the word hack and how this concept has changed the way do business.

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Culture Chalk Talk: Candidate Experience

The WeVue Culture Chalk Talks are quick snapshots into ways you can quickly change the dynamics of your workplace. We share insights on things we’re doing at WeVue to build a stronger team, successes and failings of small and large companies, and culture hacks to encourage more employee engagement and better communication. If you have a suggestion or a question you’d like us to discuss, let us know in the comments. Candidate Experience: When we started WeVue, we made a pact: no candidates that applied to work with us would ever be left in the dark. As young founders, we’d previously gone on interviews we’d spent weeks preparing for. They’d go well, or at least we’d think they went well. We heard the same thing from our friends – the constant complaint that a company simply went dark after an interview. We’ve made following up with every candidate that applies to work with us a part of our culture and our recruiting process. As a result, we’ve had countless candidates tell us, even after taking another job, that they want to stay abreast of what we’re doing and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to help us even though we weren’t the right fit. We’ve made our recruiting process a part of who we are as people – and we try to promote the best potential hires in our communities and to other companies.

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Culture Chalk Talk: Remote Workers

The WeVue Culture Chalk Talks are quick snapshots into ways you can quickly change the dynamics of your workplace. We share insights on things we’re doing at WeVue to build a stronger team, successes and failings of small and large companies, and culture hacks to encourage more employee engagement and better communication. If you have a suggestion or a question you’d like us to discuss, let us know in the comments. Remote Workers: Remote workers are a huge part of today’s workforce. Whether you have traveling salespeople or an offshore development team remote work has become the norm. One thing that is constantly overlooked when working with remote workers is making them feel like a part of the team. We here at WeVue have a lot of experience with remote workers. We have used several remote workers for different tasks and recently moved to using dedicated remote workers. What we have found out is that if you go the extra step to include your remote workers in the culture of your business they will be more connected and more willing to work hard for you. Treat remote workers just like any other worker. Include them in activities and share with them the successes that are happening within your company. Let them see how their work is contributing to the business. This will create a better, stronger relationship and will boost their effort level tremendously.

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Culture Chalk Talk: What is Success?

The WeVue Culture Chalk Talks are quick snapshots into ways you can quickly change the dynamics of your workplace. We share insights on things we’re doing at WeVue to build a stronger team, successes and failings of small and large companies, and culture hacks to encourage more employee engagement and better communication. If you have a suggestion or a question you’d like us to discuss, let us know in the comments. What Does Success mean to you? Success is defined many different ways for many different people. Similarly, some organizations define success for their team members in a myriad of different ways. Managers have different goals than interns, and are usually compensated accordingly. Are looking to make a million dollars by the time you are 30, 40, or 50? Does your company want to IPO? Or, do you want to change the world and make it a better place, providing tangible value for yourself and the people and customers you care about? How about doing both? The definition of success can be highly personal and subjective. What a manager defines as a successful life for himself may be irrelevant to his intern.  So how do we agree internally on what success should look like at the individual and organizational level? By defining success as simply doing what you say you are going to do. That definition of success may sound too easy, but think about it, if you did everything you said you were going to do, how would you feel? Fulfilled? Worry […]

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Culture Chalk Talk: Core Values and the U.S. Open

The WeVue Culture Chalk Talks are quick snapshots into ways you can quickly change the dynamics of your workplace. We share insights on things we’re doing at WeVue to build a stronger team, successes and failings of small and large companies, and culture hacks to encourage more employee engagement and better communication. If you have a suggestion or a question you’d like us to discuss, let us know in the comments. Play Fair to win in business and the U.S. Open  Core values can be a key differentiator when looking at the cultural success of a business. Not only do they play into understanding how you do business, but core values, when well defined, can be the basis of every decision that is made within an organisation. There should never be an ethical grey area when deciding whether to pursue a deal, make a higher, or develop a feature. Well defined values remove that ambiguity. Over the weekend the 116th U.S. Open was played at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh and there was an amazing story displaying the core values of golf. In this week’s Chalk Talk we unpack how this story from the U.S. Open displayed Dustin’s respect for the game and his willingness to abide by the core values. If golf were a business, Dustin put millions of dollars on the line to defend a the values of sportsmanship that are ingrained in the way he plays the game. In business, all too often, core values are buzzword such as […]

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Culture Chalk Talk: Continued Education

The WeVue Culture Chalk Talks are quick snapshots into ways you can quickly change the dynamics of your workplace. We share insights on things we’re doing at WeVue to build a stronger team, successes and failings of small and large companies, and culture hacks to encourage more employee engagement and better communication. If you have a suggestion or a question you’d like us to discuss, let us know in the comments. Creating Opportunity for Learning Why does your education have to stop when you are done with school? The answer is it doesn’t and it shouldn’t. Empowering team members with the resources, connections, time, and opportunity to learn outside of their core functions and outside of the office results in more engaged team members, better-performing people, an opportunity to recruit, and to sell to new clients. Companies such as Starbucks believe so much in continued education that they are willing to pay for their employees to go to school. This perk also directly plays into the culture of Starbucks and creates a deeper cultural connection with the company and their employees. Today we talk about how you can get your employees to continue their education and become more well-rounded individuals. Learning opportunities range from executive coaching all the way to online training. There are so many different options these days to continue to learn, now you just need to go ahead and get involved.

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Culture Chalk Talks: Summer Vacation

The WeVue Culture Chalk Talks are quick snapshots into ways you can quickly change the dynamics of your workplace. We share insights on things we’re doing at WeVue to build a stronger team, successes and failings of small and large companies, and culture hacks to encourage more employee engagement and better communication. If you have a suggestion or a question you’d like us to discuss, let us know in the comments.    Create a Company Summer Vacation In school, summer vacation used to be the ultimate reward. Work hard all year and get rewarded with the entire summer off. Why can’t life in the working world be pleasant as when we were kids? I think it can… You might not get the entire summer off, but companies are becoming much more flexible with time off during the summer. Today, I talk about how you can offer some time off but not lose control of your employees, enjoy.

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WeVue is going to San Francisco!

We are extremely excited to announce that we have been selected to go to California and attend the Google Startup Grind Conference February 22 and 23. Check out this fantastic article by the Tampa Bay Business Journal discussing our journey and what we have to look forward to. Tampa Bay Business Journal Article

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Meet the Millennial Change Makers of Tampa Bay

About three months ago, we received a phone call from one our very good friends at the Hillsborough Economic Development Council asking us if we would participate in a video they were shooting about millennials living and working in the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa EDC wanted to show their investors and partners the rising talent in Tampa, highlighting what millenials wanted and needed from this city to be able to live, work, and play successfully here. Millennial Entrepreneurs: Why Tampa? from Tampa Hillsborough EDC on Vimeo. Introducing the Millennial Interviews: The video was a great success, and it was shown at the EDC’s annual event last week to over 500 invested stakeholders in the area. Likewise, much of the conversation at the annual event centered around how how the EDC should be more focused on turning this city into a place along the lines of Austin or Brooklyn, where young people really want to live for a variety of reasons. The video got us thinking that other generations want to learn to better engage millennials. We’re constantly asked: what does it take to hire and successfully retain good millennial talent?. So we decided to create our own video series that poses the question to some of the most talented, young individuals we know from around the globe. What does it take to hire you? Why do you work where you work and why do you do the work you do? As a teaser – here’s the video from the EDC. If you’ want to find out more about what […]

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GE Is Not Your Granddaddy’s Company

  This fall, GE is running a series of commercials aimed at showing tech minded millennials that they’re the place to work if you want to make a real impact on the world. GE’s television commercials tell the story of Owen, a millennial software developer and his new job at GE. Owen is excited about his new job at GE, but the conflict in the commercials arises when no one else understands what he is doing at GE or why he’d be working for such a company. Everyone from his parents who present him with a hammer to “build things with”, to his friends who think he is going to be working “on a train” are confused on what Owen will be doing at GE. The goal of these commercials is to change the perception of GE for both the younger and the older generations. GE wants to be known as a cool place to work that also provides value. These commercials do a great job of communicating the message of value and truly speak well to millennials. We’ll be the first to say, you’ll probably be seeing more commercials like these in the coming years as legacy companies battle to remain attractive and relevant to developers like Owen. THIS ISN’T YOUR GRANDDADDY’S COMPANY The first of the three commercials depicted the millennial software developer, Owen, discussing his new job at GE with his parents. This first commercial really sets the stage for GE. They want everyone to know they are […]

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