It’s no secret that a strong culture is a huge asset for any organization: According to Jobvite, 81% of workers feel company culture is somewhat or very important in deciding whether to apply for a particular job. Meanwhile, a Deloitte survey shows that 94 percent of executives and 88 percent of employees believe that a distinct workplace culture is important for business success. Statistics aside, we’re passionate about making Heady a place that people want to be and it’s something we’ve prioritized since day one. (And we’ve got the stats to back it up: 97 percent of our employees agree that Heady is a great place to work!)
We believe culture isn’t something we can set out to intentionally build, but rather, it’s the result of the actions we take every single day. It’s crucial to have strong core values and operating principles to serve as your north star, and the truth is good communication or fun Slack channels simply aren’t a substitute for things like integrity and equality.
At Heady, the happiness and well-being of our employees is always top of mind. We recognize that we’re not robots building mobile apps and websites; rather, we're a team of dynamic and unique humans constantly seeking novel ways to bring out the best in each other, both professionally and personally. Work-life balance isn't just a buzzword for us — it's a core ethos we live and breathe daily, and Slack is simply one of the tools in our toolbox that allows us to do that.
On our quest to build solid relationships, we've turned our Slack channels into a bustling digital forum of information and ideas.
We have spaces where we show off our pets, share our outdoor adventures, and discuss the latest page-turners we’re reading and podcasts we’re listening to. The arguable star of the show? Our #watercoolertrivia channel, an epicenter of friendly banter where team members engage in a heated weekly trivia match to test their knowledge on everything from baseball stats to state birds (and countless random things inbetween).
From exchanging intriguing articles and hilarious TikToks in #random and sharing pet photos in #be-pawsitive, to engaging in friendly banter in #watercooler-chat, Slack provides us numerous avenues to mingle and connect. The professional conversations blend effortlessly with the personal, creating an environment of open dialogue and mutual respect.
We've also harnessed the power of Slack’s Donut plugin, a surprise matchmaker that randomly pairs two team members every three weeks for a virtual “coffee date.” It's our secret weapon for bridging departmental silos and fostering meaningful conversations that go beyond work-related topics.
At Heady, transparency isn't just one of our core values, it's an essential thread in our cultural fabric. With Slack at our fingertips, we break down barriers and ensure that information flows as freely as the coffee in the breakroom. By creating an environment where everyone can seek, share, and access information in real-time, we foster an empowered workforce that thrives on clear communication.
Every day at Heady is a celebration, from birthdays and wedding anniversaries to work anniversaries (or “Heady-versaries”, as we like to call them) and new hires. Our Slack channels come alive with well-wishes and virtual high fives, radiating positive vibes and providing moments for fun and connection between project work and meetings. We also take plenty of trips down memory lane, sharing snaps from past team getaways, celebrations, or that time when someone's cat crashed a team meeting. These moments, shared and LOLed about together, fuel our sense of community and make each day a little brighter.
In the bustling digital hub that is our Slack workspace, chaos could easily reign supreme, so it’s crucial that we keep things tidy and organized. We've got dozens of designated channels for different clients, projects, teams, and topics to keep our digital house in order and ensure that every conversation finds its audience.
All this being said, trivia and fun GIFs aren’t a replacement for face-to-face interaction and the bonds that are built in-person when we’re all together. We kept that in mind when deciding on our post-pandemic hybrid structure that brings us together in the office two days a week. It’s also why we regularly send team members overseas from Brooklyn to Mumbai for visits and vice versa, and invite our fully remote team members to visit the office throughout the year — facetime is undeniably irreplaceable.
But as a global team that can’t always be together in the same room (or even on the same continent), Slack gives us a robust platform on which to connect, collaborate, and celebrate. And while it's proven a powerful tool for us, we’re continuously exploring new avenues to enhance our team's experiences and promote an empowering work culture (for more on that, check out our recent blog on why we introduced sabbaticals at Heady!).
So, if you're a part of a global team, or aim to be one, we hope our take on leveraging Slack for a stronger team culture provides you with some insights you can put to good use. After all, the strength of any organization isn’t just about their output, but how they got there — and doing it all together, as a team, makes the journey all the more rewarding.
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