Happy hours have become a staple at many organizations, especially startups. While I believe they're well intentioned and usually seen as a way to help team members bond and blow off steam, I'm officially over them. In fact, I'd go so far as to recommend that companies considering completely replacing work-sponsored happy hours with something else this year! **cue audible gasp** Listen, I get it. I myself enjoy a good drink. That said, there are three big reasons I am recomme
As much as I hate to say it, many companies claim to be a great place to work and then - well - aren't. I recently had coffee with a friend who recounted a past job experience where what she was sold in the interview and what she experienced in the office were two completely different worlds. She then watched this same thing pitched to new hire after new hire, only to then watch them unravel the truth on their first few weeks on the job. She's not the only person whose shared
Last month I had the chance to sit down with Scot Chisholm, an old friend and the founder of Classy. Here in San Diego, Classy is the go-to destination for talented millennials looking to make an impact at a forward-thinking tech company. While we discussed everything from core values to leadership lessons, it was Scot's thoughtful response on building intentional culture that really stuck with me. He shared: I'd never heard culture described as a plant before, but boy is it
To say I spend a lot of time thinking about ways we can improve the workplace is an understatement. There's no topic I'm more passionate about. For this reason, I often get asked, "What's the one thing we should do to improve our company culture?" That, my friends, is a hard question to answer. It's like asking, "What's the one thing I should do to improve my marriage?" There's a lot of different things you can do and what you should pick to focus on depends on a variety of f
Sometimes things just fall into place. Giving October's CreativeMornings San Diego talk was definitely one of those moments. While speakers are usually picked months in advance, I was so drawn to the group's October theme of honesty that I reached out to my friend Nate letting him know I'd love to speak, if he needed someone. I knew it was a long shot, but in the words of my dear friend Rachel, "You don't get what you don't ask for." And boy am I glad I asked. A few weeks aft
Creating better work environments is not about every day being sunshine and rainbows. It's not about ignoring hard work. Or not caring about profit. It's about basic workplace rights everyone deserves in this day in age. You deserve to have a boss that treats you with respect. You deserve to work in an environment free of harassment, sexual or otherwise. You deserve a challenging, but manageable workload. You deserve to live a life not consistently overcome with work anxiety.
What do you say when asked about your company culture? Do you have the words to describe it or are you left at a loss? If you fall into the second category, you're not alone. As I've mentioned before, culture is often this really intangible thing that's hard to describe to others. Given this difficultly, I'm so excited to share a framework that will help you better understand and articulate your current culture! The Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI) is a val
If there's been one constant throughout my life, it's reading. Since I can remember, I've been obsessed with books of all kinds. As a kid, I was the one curled up in my room with a Phillip Pullman novel while my brother covered every inch of the neighborhood on his bike. In college, I still found plenty of time to read for fun - which everyone thought was crazy, given how much reading we already had to do for class. Throughout my career, I've turned to dozens of different boo
While I love sharing my thoughts with you here, I'm so excited about the opportunity to share some of my insights with the community over at Fresh Brewed Tech, an online publication that features amazing founders, technologists, companies in San Diego. Each month I dig into the culture of a local San Diego company, getting to the bottom of their employee experience and how they're building intentional company culture.
Today my second feature launched - a peek into life at
It's becoming incredibly common for people to mistake perks for company culture. Ask any variety of people about their culture strategy and they will tell you about their party planning committee or the new ping pong table they ordered for the office. And it makes sense! Perks are tangible things that you can easily wrap your head around, while culture is this intangible presence that's much harder to describe. Now don't get me wrong. I'm all about perks! They are a great way