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

Viral Jobs!

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 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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