I’ve worked in enough companies and I’ve had enough managers to realize that there is a common pattern. Most companies expect people to be productive, respectful, and have a good attitude, but they don’t implement the needed actions to promote those outcomes.
The other day, I read a blog post—an extremely amusing one, in all fairness—mocking the startup world. I’m sure it has ended up on your Twitter feed; it uses a certain swear word in every line. Yup, this one.
It got me thinking, which can only mean trouble ;). Seriously, it did get me thinking: yes, there are some perks and attitudes in startups that lend themselves to mockery and some personalities who can be easily caricatured. But if I were you I wouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, not just yet. Wait until you read this blog post, at least.
So, the Office Manager Wants to Become a Data Scientist, Say Whaaat?
Imagine yourself in the following situation. You know your team, their strengths and their weaknesses. You know which members need to improve and in which areas. Like most, your team is made up of a variety of people: members who are eager to learn, who read everything they find, and others who don’t, for any number of reasons.
Even when you try to remind them to spend work time learning—remember, improving is part of the job—they don’t do it. They always have too much to do and can’t find the time.
After seeing how our office shapes our behaviours and promotes our culture, my curious mind wanted to know what was behind all this. Now here I am, about to share it with you lucky people 😉
I promise I’ll avoid expressions like, “it’s not an office, it’s an experience,” that will make you want to run a mile.
Another month, another post. The team has been working hard but between meetings, coding, and learning sessions there has also been time for meetups, traveling, and joking around—especially for joking around.
Things don’t get boring around here often, as there’s always someone ready to have a laugh and take the rest of the team along for the ride. Once the prank wheels are in motion, there’s no way to stop us.
Following our series about startup culture, I would like to talk about the ShuttleCloud engineering team. Our engineering team is really small compared to most startup companies: there are only 6 engineers in it. However, we’ve achieved great things. We are proud to list Gmail, Google Contacts and Comcast among our clients.
We’re able to cope with Service-Level Agreements (SLAs) of 99.7%. Every day we perform more than 12,000 new migrations, which involves 12 million emails and 2.5 million contacts, supported through 247 different providers. We move 1TB of data every 6 hours, more than 220 TB per month and 6TB per hour during spikes.
So how is such a small team able to cope with this and, at the same time, be happy, restful and ready to grow and improve every day?
The concept of Startup Culture has attracted loads of attention and it has ofter been presented as the panacea for workplace satisfaction. Aspects that are frequently highlighted are fun office spaces, flexible hours, and perks such as free meals, massage sessions, and ping pong tables in the office (here it is again: the ubiquitous ping pong table).
But there must be more to it than meets the eye. Is the a startup’s culture just a particular aesthetic? Is it enough to offer perks to your employees?
To be honest, we tend to focus more on the marketing side of growth, and less on the other half – analytics. We can plan and execute dozens of campaigns but we won’t learn anything from that work if we’re not ready to track our results accurately. Ultimately, this means that our decisions can potentially be very wrong.