Growing up, I had two very different examples for how to approach work. My dad worked as a software engineer for the same company for his entire career. My mom, on the other hand, had a more eclectic career: she was a social worker, a computer programmer, a teen counselor, and a researcher and is now a full-time volunteer.
Well, I inherited my dad’s eyes and my mom’s need for new challenges. 😉
Continue reading “How I Arrived at Automattic: Story of a Happiness Engineer”
I am a huge fan of the RSA Animate series, which combines audio from RSA events with animation by Cognitive Media to produce stunning videos that share big ideas. This video is from a talk by Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft. What stood out to me was this description of his talk:
Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, imagines what might be possible if more organisations embraced the full, empowering potential of technology and encouraged a truly open, collaborative and flexible working culture.
What’s interesting to me about that description is this: As I watched the video, I kept thinking to myself that it was describing my everyday life. It didn’t feel like a talk about possibilities — it felt like a talk about my reality.
Open communication and sharing about what we’re working on? Thinking creatively and innovating? Working from the best places and at the best times for us to accomplish our goals? That’s what it’s like to work at Automattic.
It isn’t easy, of course. We’re trusted to do the best work we possibly can, and we’re responsible for what comes of that. We push ourselves to continually learn and improve ourselves. We search for the ways, throughout the company, that we can make the best use of our skills and interests. It takes a bit more gumption than a 9-to-5 where you can skate along with whatever your manager directs you to do — and that’s probably what makes me love it.
Does that sound like the kind of place you’d like to work? We’re hiring.