About the team
Behaviors we don't like… 😤
- Idling – to overthink something and not to move forward is the same as not doing anything at all
- Not questioning why – I need thought partners on Candor, not just additional pairs of hands
- Long stretches of inactivity or silence / disengagement. When there are discussions on important topics, or specific topics tied to your work, it’s important to join in and share your opinions. Even pushes or updates considered minor are best shared in the moment. It makes our async team work feel more energized and maintains trust and alignment.
- Self-centredness vs. Team player approach. Ex: Taking credit for others’ work or never acknowledging the work of others.
- Public shaming. Not addressing concerns privately; instead, making people feel ashamed and awkward in front of teammates.
- Bad attitude
- Lack of flexibility
- Poor communication (someone who’s not direct and doesn’t communicate clearly)
- Hard to collaborate with
- Not addressing hard conversations / negative feedback
- Resistance to feedback
- Lack of empathy
Behaviors we're inspired by...
- Giving shoutouts to others
- Taking initiative
- Supporting others
- Going outside of your general role/scope to support our collective goals
- Ownership (autonomy, problem-solving, resposibility)
- Celebrate wins, appreciate teammates
- Participation in team dynamics
- Direct and clear communication
- Growth mindset
- Positive energy and speed
- High level of caring and owning things: Avoiding redirecting people that approached us with a question to others. Focusing on understanding and addressing their needs. People saying rather "Let me ask around, I'll get back to you" instead of "I don't know."
- Supporting the drive in others: When someone wants to change the architecture or cares about doing things in a certain way, I love it when others trust them and focus on support them in maximizing delivered value for the team. When instead of saying things like "We do things this way", or "We may well enough not do it”, people ask things like "How will it speed us up?", "Here are the use cases that I believe are tricky. How would your approach address them?".
- Commitment to simplicity. The fastest team I ever worked at had a relentless approach to refactoring. Simplifying things and building a feature on top of that often takes a comparable time than building it on top of something that could be simplified. But if we simplify things we build upon, we also save the time of the person that will work on this code next week. Commitment to simplicity applies to non-coding activities too and involves taking people very seriously when they say that they see an easier way to do things.
- Embracing Teal’s sensing. I believe we devs have the tendency to look for fact-based reasoning. But often the main reason why we want things done in a certain way is that that’s what our intuition tells us. It’s just easier to discuss when we are open about it.
- Being very honest when giving feedback. Saying “Everything’s great” is just not very useful. I think people avoid talking about potential problems if they think that it might be partially on them or when they are not certain if they are right, but it still affects the quality of interactions, so I deeply appreciate when people are just fully honest.
How our culture is unique 🦄
- Striving to be a Teal Organization is great.
- Decisions are made quickly and we’re not afraid to revisit things product-wise.
- There is a very strong commitment to flexibility.
- I haven't seen that level of transparency in a company before.
- I also haven't seen such strong cultural alignment between a company and its partners/customers.
Our biggest win 🥇
Areas for growth 📈
I'd love to learn more about the team, what they're happy about our processes, team dynamics, etc. and what could improve ✔️
Our mission ⭐️
Being more honest in a workplace. Connecting with coworkers in a more meaningful way. Creating more humane workplaces.Full story
Areas of expertise 🤓
Our work hours ⏰
9AM-2PM EST sync, the rest async
We're in many different timezones so this works well for scheduling meetings but also giving everyone freedom to do work when it's good for them.Full story
Our stance on well-being
My personal goal for our culture is that it feels like a "take what you need" type of workplace. I'd like to create a space where people feel comfortable taking time off, sharing how they are feeling, adjusting work hours to suit their lifestyle, etc.Full story