Hey there! 👋 Welcome to your trusty starter pack for initiating better collaboration and building meaningful relationships at work—the Culture Care Kit by Candor.
Whether you’re a manager, people leader, or community builder, fostering a healthy culture can be tough. Even getting others to care as much as you do can be a real hurdle. But let’s take a step back. Building a culture worth talking about (for all the right reasons, of course) doesn’t have to be an impossible feat. It’s all about starting with some basics and introducing new routines little by little.That’s why we’ve put together this handy care kit packed with useful tips, templates, and resources to help you navigate all the ins and outs. We’ll walk through how to use Candor as a powerful tool in shaping your culture into one that team members truly value and are proud to be part of.
So grab a coffee, sit back, and let’s dive in. ☕️
So you’ve created your own Candor profile (a.k.a personal ReadMe), and you’re super excited to share and use it as a way to connect better with others. It’s time to get your team, friends, and community to create their own profiles. We’re here to help make this easier for you. Check out all the tips and resources below for getting everyone in on the fun.
But before that real quick—if you’re still getting the gist of ReadMes, you may want to check out this deep dive into all the benefits and how Candor supports this 👉 Personal ReadMes: The Complete Guide.
Now let’s get to it! First, here’s a short template message we’ve drafted for introducing Candor to your teammates. 📨 Feel free to borrow this or compose one yourself:
Hey! I’ve been thinking about ways we can connect more as a team and I came across Candor. Seems like we can easily share on things like ways of working, strengths, preferred feedback, and some other fun prompts.
Would love to give it a shot and learn more about each other.
Let’s try it out and share!
Great profiles start with great Take prompts! The following are proven to be some of the most popular and valuable Takes from across the Candor community. You can access this set by clicking here. Share this same link with others to see their responses to these on their profiles.
📌 Starter Takes (completed during profile setup):
📌 Favorite Takes:
📌 Bonus Fun Takes:
Once profiles are filled with genuine, expressive Takes, it’s time to share! We have a few suggestions for where to share and store your profiles so you can access them easily and revisit at any time. They are great to add to online bios and About Me pages, and even act as a warm intro doc prior to a coffee chat. ☕️
Open each toggle below for more info on where and how to share with your team.
Sharing your profile link in a Slack channel is super easy. You can paste your profile URL directly into the chat box or format your text, like so. 👇
Your link should display with a preview if using the default settings in Slack.
For more information, check out this article.
As an admin in Slack, you can customize team member profiles so they display custom sections (data elements) in the About Me area. Here’s a view of how it looks for an admin in Slack settings.
When activated, the new data field will appear for team members in Slack when they click into their profile to edit information. They can enter the display text themselves and add their Candor profile URL.
Now you can view teammates’ Candor profiles easily at any time, just by clicking into Slack profiles.
For more information on this process, check out this article.
For some teams, directories are stored within a management platform or Team Wiki. If your team uses Notion and has a database for people, you can easily add a field for Candor profile links.
Check out this example of our team on Notion with clickable links to our Candor profiles displayed directly on the gallery view. You can do the same for your team! 👇
On the right side of your Team Directory database, go into the extended menu and navigate into the Properties section. There you can add a new property and name it 🐘 Candor profile. Make sure it’s set to the URL type, so links are clickable, and drag it into the shown in gallery section so it displays in gallery view. Now you’re set!
When a new team member is added to your Notion directory, they will have a Candor profile field to add their link.
For getting started with a Team Directory in Notion, check out this template.
If you’re using Teams, check our this article for sharing links within a chat.
Linking to Candor profiles within email signatures is another great way for teams to access each other’s profiles easily, as well as connect with people better outside of your org.
We’ve supplied a set of email badges here. Choose your favorite and follow steps provided by your email platform to add and actively link it inside your signature.
⚡ QUICK TIP: Implement what’s most useful. Not every team is the same, and not every platform or process is going to work for how your team operates. Pick from this guide what seems most fitting or beneficial for your team.
⚡ QUICK TIP: Winning culture is never forced. If there’s anything we can say for certain, it’s that people DON’T like to be pressured to do something, especially if it feels unnatural to them. Avoid making certain tasks a requirement unless absolutely necessary, like the addition of an email badge for instance or sharing on a platform where a teammate isn’t very active.
Be patient with people and the process, especially when introducing something new.
Never compromise someone’s comfort. Make things optional where possible and give your team time to explore and understand the benefits for themselves.
The average About Us page is usually out-of-date and a bit lacklustre in terms of accurately reflecting the people and values that make a team so special. A team like yours deserves better. ⚡️ Fortunately you’re here reading this, taking things a level up!
That’s where Team Spaces come in. They’re a place to exchange thoughtful Takes with your teammates and build a beautiful showcase of how you really work together. The best part: they’re co-created! We’re doing away one-person ownership. Collaboration is what makes Team Spaces so unique and truly authentic.
💫 Here’s a breakdown of everything you can do in your Team Space:
☑️ Give and request Takes on work styles, learnings, memories, and more
☑️ Co-create an authentic showcase of your team’s culture and values
☑️ Discover more meaningful connections and build better relationships whilst remote
☑️ Complete fun, light-weight exercises to strengthen your culture together
Ready to dive into the magic? Create your own! 👇
⚡ QUICK TIP: Lead by example. Inspire others to join in, following how you share… creating psychological safety… Just think about it: how does a great dance party break out? Simply because one brave soul with rhythm kicked things off on the dance floor first. So bust a move and show ‘em how it’s done!
Here’s a juicy secret: you can get a set of Takes specially made just for your Team Space. Kind of amazing, right?! This feature isn’t officially released yet, so if you’d like your custom set created, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org with your list of prompts. Indicate the type of response for each as well, for example: multi-select (with listed options) or open text. We can’t wait to work some magic for you! 🪄
Sparks are a genuine way for people to connect meaningfully directly on profiles or in Team Spaces. They allow teams to show support for each other and tap into better conversations about how they work.
Sparking is as easy as clicking a Take to open it, then clicking the spark icon ✨ or the button on at the bottom of the Take. Now choose your reaction (as many as you like) and leave a comment to share your thoughts. That’s all there is to it!
💡 If you’re looking to encourage more sparks between teammates, here are a few suggestions:
Missions are fun, light-weight exercises that help build positive rituals and enrich your culture over time. It’s autopilot for culture-building!
Once a mission is launched, an email and notification will be sent to each teammate at the time a new mission round begins. Participating is easy and usually takes a few minutes. Seriously—no heavy lifting here. Just powerful outcomes. ⚡️
The shoutouts mission fosters a culture of celebration. Recognize each other’s strengths and wins, and connect them to your values. With each mission round, you’ll choose a teammate to give a shoutout to and celebrate them for living a value. It’s quick, easy, and just feels good! 🙌
Set the mission to repeat, view shoutouts over time, and watch how this simple habit of recognition creates real impact.
Ready to kick off shoutouts with your team? Let’s go! 🚀
That’s it! Let the fun and celebration commence. 🙌
As teammates add Takes and participate in missions, your Team Space will evolve into a dynamic showcase of your culture, highlighting your values, memories, achievements, and more.
Linking to your Team Space on other social profiles for your company is a great way to get noticed by top-tier clients and stellar talent. Don’t forget to add it to your About Us page on your site too.
Share your team’s true story on how work, win, and celebrate together! 🎉
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