We’re still flying high from our recent recognition as a certified Great Place To Work from the people at (you guessed it) Great Places To Work! Beyond the pride and gratitude we feel for this honor, in true Heady form, we wondered, “How can we use it to help others?” So, we decided to distill the elements that serve as the cornerstones of how we work together into guiding points that other employers can emulate.
I'm excited to share 5 Heady-inspired ways to build a great company culture! As our People Ops Manager, I knew it was important to consult with the experts in this area — our employees — and mine their opinions on what they think makes a standout workplace.
1. Embrace and Encourage Freedom
An autonomous team that keeps company goals top of mind is an incredibly special thing. At Heady, we have many leaders and new departments - we give our employees the freedom to design their own roles (with management input) and the space to best carry out their duties.
2. Talk to Each Other.
The saying “communication is key,” may be cliche, but it’s imperative and correct. At Heady, we’ve created a strong feedback loop - where the value supports not only management expressing what needs to be done, but also employees being able to provide their thoughts on things like process, without reservations. This clear line of communication helps manage expectations effectively for both sides.
3. Work Closely With Each Other.
We are a team composed not only of many departments and leaders, but also a variety of talent and cultures. We all work together on a daily basis to collectively achieve successful outcomes. For example, the Heady engineering department is spread across multiple global offices. For seamless work to continue —we’ve created a reliable infrastructure of collaborative tools and, most importantly, thoughtful standards and processes. It’s through being consistent in the process of collaboration and taking the time to connect deeply that enables us at Heady get the job done.
4. Have Fun With Each Other.
Connecting employees to coworkers outside of their immediate departments and making sure to sync on things that are non-work related are a big way in which we offset the daily stress of work life. From company happy hours and ping pong events, to lunch and learns and demos, our team knows that the “all work and no play” vibe is a thing of the past. Our teams look forward to seeing each other whether that be in-person or virtually and they are visibly excited to laugh, play and chat.