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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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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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WTF Should I Be When I Grow Up?

One of my good friends is a neoclassical realist portrait painter (His name is Landon Clay, and you can check out his work here). He specializes in lifelike oil paintings of the human figure. He wants to be a famous artist when he grows up, so he paints for 14 hours a day.   We all have those friends who just KNOW what they want to do with their lives and they’re doing it. If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of things you want to do, and you’re blessed to have a myriad of options with how you could be spending your time. But how do you choose? Here’s the story of how I did. I prefer to think of myself as a metaphorical painter and my life as a canvas. While I could focus on becoming really good at one style of painting, like say neoclassical realism, I don’t have the conviction like my friend Mr. Clay. Instead I get to fill in corners of that canvas with the exploits and creations of my life, some as fine detailed drawings and others as broad brush strokes thrown in passion, rage, and conviction. But the question remains: how the hell do I know what to paint? I boil it down to three things I value in life. These are the three things I want to be remembered for long after I’m gone. Simultaneously, these are things I love doing. They’re not finite goals – things that can […]

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