Early stage companies tend to have more to do than worry about who sits where. With only a handful of employees, assigning employees seats isn’t much of a headache. However as your headcount grows, it’s important to have a plan in place to accommodate new employees. Plus, it starts to matter who sits next to whom. if sales is taking calls right next to focused engineers, collaboration and productivity risk taking a real hit.
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When Omer Aziz first stepped into his role as Senior VP of Human Resources at Sysomos, he was spending nearly half of his day manipulating spreadsheets. “You know that guy in high school who had a Honda Civic and souped it all up?” Omer recalls, “and to him, that car was like a Porsche, but in the grand scheme of things, it was really just a junky car? That’s how I think of our HR spreadsheet.” When working from this spreadsheet, Omer was dedicating the majority of his time to a manual and error-prone process, with little time to address the cultural needs of the company.
In 2017, over 62,776,640 people searched “get healthy" on Google. Doing so is part of a familiar nationwide declaration that this will finally be the year to lose those five pounds, cook every night, cut out sugar, exercise four times a week, the list goes on. But more often than not, life gets in the way of the commitment it takes to execute on these goals. Let’s be honest—between work and family, it can be hard to find time to make healthier choices. But what if your workplace offered resources to make it easier? Fortunately, many HR teams are already on the case, introducing a variety of employee health and wellness initiatives and perks.
At any stage of a company’s growth, exit interviews are crucial for understanding why employees are leaving your company. Obtaining honest feedback can help you identify points of friction that need to be addressed in the workplace. However, when employees leave, emotions and tensions may run high—making exit interviews particularly tricky to navigate.
Having spent the past three years on Seattle’s technology startup scene, I’m no stranger to standing desks (or, for that matter, far stranger office perks). I’m not a big fan myself—I go for a walk when I need to move—but I know many of my past and present coworkers consider a chest-height workstation essential. I even know folks who never sit at their desk (only in meetings). No, thank you!
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Human Resources teams are always looking to drive employee engagement, but many overlook the role office design can play in boosting company morale. We sat down with Ben Steen from Namely’s own People Team to learn ten office design ideas that can increase employee engagement.
“For my entire childhood, until I was off my dad’s medical plan, my name was spelled wrong,” said Revinate’s Senior HR Manager, Kristin Wyke. “Every time I went to the doctor I would say, ‘no, that’s the wrong spelling.’”