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How to Map Out Your Company Culture And Improve Your Employee Experience

This post originally appeared on the greenhouse blog. If you’re interested in having us write a guest post for your blog, feel free to email us at info@wevue.com  Organizational culture is never something you’ll be able to fully control or understand. Much like the culture of humanity as a whole, things inside of a company ebb and flow, evolve and devolve, and change with the flow of time, leadership evolution, and market forces. Most successful enterprises are extremely effective at mapping out processes and procedures, and yet many think culture just happens or that they can throw perks and money at people to create a truly dynamic and inclusive workplace. By creating a visual map of what your culture looks like, you can not only see what your organization is like from the employee perspective, but you can better understand all the moving parts of your culture and see where there’s room for improvement. This gives you the opportunity to more actively engage team members and create awe-inspiring employee experiences on a regular basis. Below, I show you in 4 steps how you can map out your company culture, just like a designer! Before you get started To map out your culture, all you need are the following items: 4 different colored post-its (and lots of ‘em!) Markers A whiteboard or large piece of paper An open mind! You can go through this culture mapping exercise alone, but I recommend collaborating with a cross-functional team of individuals who work on different problems […]

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Here’s How to Turn Your Job Descriptions Into Viral Hits

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This post was originally published as a guest contribution on Lever’s blog. Lever is the world’s first collaborative applicant tracking system that you and your entire team will love.  Have you ever created a job posting that hundreds of thousands of people go to sleep at night dreaming about? One that breathes new life into your recruiting pipeline with hoards of qualified applicants and bolsters your employer brand in a way you never thought was possible? We’re about to teach you how to turn an ordinary job posting into a candidate-generating machine. Tourism Queensland In 2009, Tourism Queensland, Australia launched a campaign to hire someone for “The Best Job in the World.” With a large salary, free lodging in an expensive villa, transportation, and the role of essentially babysitting the Great Barrier Reef for half a year while living on a tropical island, the job quickly went viral. Tourism Queensland invested $1M  in the campaign; it’s estimated that all told it generated $200M in global publicity for Tourism Queensland. The “job post” was then expanded to Tourism Australia as a whole, and they’ve generated 333,000 job applicants and 40,000 video entries. Does your company get those kind of applicant numbers from a job post? With a title like “Quality Assurance Analyst,” I’m going to assume the answer is no. Google When Google was faced with the problem of how to hire the best engineers in the world, they turned not to the web, but to a massive billboard in Harvard Square that read: […]

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7 Steps to Building a Family Culture at Your company

This post was originally published on gothamCulture’s blog. As a trusted partner of WeVue, gothamCulture works on identifying the underlying causes of organizational obstacles and assisting leaders to develop and execute breakthrough strategies that elevate their performance. One of the most common things I hear when talking to companies about their culture is, “our culture is like a family” OR “I want our culture to feel like a family.” Clients often cite examples of supporting sick coworkers and open communication, but are there deeper elements of a healthy family structure to consider? I decided to look at what really makes a successful family and apply those same principles to building a better company based on research from leading psychologists in the fields of marital stability, divorce prediction, and couples therapy. No one knows what a healthy family looks like better than psychologists John and Julie Gottman. Thirty-five years ago, the Gottmans founded the “Love Lab” at the University of Washington. At the “lab”, they brought couples into a fake bed and breakfast. Over the course of a weekend, they studied how the pair interacted and measured their physiological responses to the ways they communicated. They then went on to follow those same couples over the course of their relationships, studying how they continued to interact with each other through marriage, divorce, having children, and in some cases, as they approached death. After years of study, they found that with fifteen minutes of observation they could predict with 94% accuracy what the outcome […]

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Culture Chalk Talks: Engagement in an Escape Room

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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.  The Escape Room We recently took our team to an escape room in Clearwater, Florida. A few months ago, we decided to start planning monthly culture outings. We’d use a Friday afternoon and do something that brings us closer as a team and inspires us come the following Monday morning. What better way for a group of software nerds to bond than over a bunch of puzzles inside of a locked room. The concept is simple. You’re locked in a room scattered with clues and given an hour to figure out how to escape. There are all sorts of objects in the room but no clear line of sight as to how they relate to one another. Once the timer starts ticking, it’s up to you to figure out how and where to focus your energy. You’re left with only a microphone and the ability to phone in for up to three clues. Once the clues are used up, you’re on your own. After escaping with 00:02 left on the clock, we left with a better understanding of our team […]

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How to Inspire Culture with Empathy and Dialog

Inspired cultures are built by leaders with the ability to empathize with people across their organizations. We work best with people we think understand who we are and why we do what we do. And while empathy and emotional intelligence are buzz words in the human capital industry, do we really understand how to empathize? Is trying to relate to someone the same thing as actually understanding their perspective?   Empathy isn’t an act of imagination – it’s a conversation. Thinking about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes is more akin to sympathy or pity than it is to actually understanding what his struggles are like. “Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” ~Bill Bullard I recently gave a lecture to a group of veterans transitioning into civilian life and looking to start their own businesses. It started with me trying to empathize with them. I thanked them for their service.     And while I’ve never been in the service, I told them: “I get it.” Creating a business is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I can imagine transitioning into civilian life must be tough. Creating a business on top of that… Wow… “I get it.” I never knew my grandfather. He was a tank […]

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Culture at Startup Grind with Google for Entrepreneurs

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Last week, the WeVue team was in Redwood, CA just outside of San Francisco at the Startup Grind 2016 Global Conference sharing their insights on company culture. So what is Startup Grind? “Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 215,000 founders in over 185 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 70 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. ” While we were there, we interviewed some of the sponsors and startups to learn how they view company culture, and we used WeVue to crowdsource and compile these interviews.    Not living in San Francisco, we can forget how much of the culture there is built around innovation and collaboration. There is a bold belief that anyone with the right attitude can build a company that can disrupt the status quo… They just need the tools and skills to cultivate a team around them that believes in their mission and vision. What we didn’t find were many companies that were engaging their employees in photo and video sharing. We have a firm belief that while people engage on platforms like Facebook and Snapchat through photo and video sharing, companies that encourage their employees to share photos and videos can and do create more compelling cultures. If you’re interested in connecting people around vision, values, stories, and creating a culture that drives performance, innovation, and collaboration we’d love to chat with you. Feel free to email us at info@wevue.com or click the […]

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Why are Facebook and Google Archetypes for Great Culture?

The Millennial Interviews: Over the past few weeks we set out to interview the most talented millennials we know and the people that hire them. Our goal was to have a better understanding of the type of work these brilliant, young people do, what they look for when trying to find a job, and how they connect with potential employers.   On the flip side, we wanted to know how seasoned entrepreneurs viewed these young employees. How did they find the best talent and scale their organizations. What did they think of this up and coming generation of makers and shakers?   We’ve broken the interviews out into a series that we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks. If you missed meeting our interviewees, check our last post.  Part 5: This is why we really want to work at google… What’s more important: compensation or happiness? While companies like google and Facebook promise candidates both, the reasons why millennials want to work for some companies and not others isn’t as complex as people think it is. In our final part of the Millennial Interviews we asked our friends to take a deeper dive into their experience both looking for jobs and finding organizations they loved working for. Were there things about certain companies that just made them KNOW they wanted to work there? By listening to their stories, you’ll have a better understanding of how to build a company that people of all ages want to work for. Thanks for […]

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Top Talent is Looking For…

The Millennial Interviews: Over the past few weeks we set out to interview the most talented millennials we know and the people that hire them. Our goal was to have a better understanding of the type of work these brilliant, young people do, what they look for when trying to find a job, and how they connect with potential employers.   On the flip side, we wanted to know how seasoned entrepreneurs viewed these young employees. How did they find the best talent and scale their organizations. What did they think of this up and coming generation of makers and shakers?   We’ve broken the interviews out into a series that we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks. If you missed meeting our interviewees, check our last post.  Part 4: We want to find a company like yours Many of the millennials we interviewed do the same things when looking for a new job, and the entrepreneurs we found that have been the most successful in attracting and retaining top talent know how to tell a story that makes people want to come work for them. Finally, we wanted to give you a closer look into the types of people these entrepreneurs have been successful in hiring. Check out the video to learn more. If you’re interested in learning more about how to hire talent like you’ll meet in the video or how to build a culture like the one’s you’ll hear discussed, click on the button below to learn […]

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Mr(s) Millennial: How do I hire you?

The Millennial Interviews: Over the past few weeks we set out to interview the most talented millennials we know and the people that hire them. Our goal was to have a better understanding of the type of work these brilliant, young people do, what they look for when trying to find a job, and how they connect with potential employers.   On the flip side, we wanted to know how seasoned entrepreneurs viewed these young employees. How did they find the best talent and scale their organizations. What did they think of this up and coming generation of makers and shakers?   We’ve broken the interviews out into a series that we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks. If you missed meeting our interviewees, check our last post.  Part 3: Why we do the things we do Many of the millennials we interviewed do incredible work for impressive companies, but we wanted to know what exactly attracted them to their current roles? You’ll be surprised to hear: it has nothing to do with free beer, nap rooms, or unlimited vacation policies. Similarly, the entrepreneurs we talked to hire for some of the most in-demand technical and creative skill sets…and they don’t do it by offering endless perks. Check out the video to learn more. If you’re interested in learning more about how to hire talent like you’ll meet in the video or how to build a culture like the one’s you’ll hear discussed, click on the button below to learn more […]

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Meet the Millennials and the Bosses

The Millennial Interviews: Over the past few weeks we set out to interview the most talented millennials we know and the people that hire them. Our goal was to have a better understanding of the type of work these brilliant, young people do, what they look for when trying to find a job, and how they connect with potential employers.   On the flip side, we wanted to know how seasoned entrepreneurs viewed these young employees. How did they find the best talent and scale their organizations. What did they think of this up and coming generation of makers and shakers?   We’ve broken the interviews out into a series that we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks. Part 1: The Introductions The millennials you’ll meet in the following video are designers, developers, digital marketers, and growth hacking gurus. Most have had a plethora of jobs in their field in the last few years, some now run their own companies, while others only work remote. Some of them have degrees in their chosen fields, while others dropped out and are still highly sought for the skills they taught themselves. The entrepreneurs we’ll introduce you to have vast experience sourcing, hiring, and managing young talent. We first asked them to define their culture. It’s one of those words everyone talks about, but what does it look like in practice? If you’re interested in learning more about how to hire talent like you’ll meet in the video or how to build […]

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