‘Holding Space’ for Each Other at Work

I have answered a lot of questions about Atomic Object since I started working here over 2 years ago. Since I am one of only a few Atoms with no technical background, “What do you do there?”  is the single most frequent. In truth, I still struggle for the most succinct answer to this question. My business card reads Office Coordinator, but my favorite descriptions have come from other people:

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Atoms on “Give a Shit” – the Quintessential Atomic Value

When we ask clients or interviewees to name their favorite Atomic value, most say, “Give a shit.” It’s pretty unusual as corporate values go (they’re usually more like “quality” and “service”), so I always assumed that’s why it stands out.

But now I’m not so sure. The experience of writing these posts has shown me that “give a shit” isn’t just the most unusual Atomic value, it’s also the quintessential Atomic value. Read more on Atoms on “Give a Shit” – the Quintessential Atomic Value…

Atoms on “Teach and Learn” – Building the Brain Trust

In the ever-changing world of software, you’re never done learning new things. Atoms want to make great software, so need to stay at the top of our game. That’s why Teach and Learn is one of our five values.

I asked atoms, “What does Teach and Learn mean to you?” Here’s what they told me. Read more on Atoms on “Teach and Learn” – Building the Brain Trust…

Atoms on “Share the Pain” – We’re in This Together

As Atoms, we’re all in this together. Our value of Share the Pain means we bear each other’s burdens—working together to meet tough deadlines, helping each other move, even taking turns emptying the dishwasher.

I asked atoms, “What does Share the Pain mean to you?” Here’s what they told me. Read more on Atoms on “Share the Pain” – We’re in This Together…

Atoms on “Own It” – Your Problem Is My Problem

Atomic’s five values are central to every policy we create and every decision we make—and I don’t just mean management-level decisions. The last time we considered adding a new value, it started a 100-message-long email thread discussing what “transparency” meant and trying to get the wording just right. In other words, our values really matter to all of us. Read more on Atoms on “Own It” – Your Problem Is My Problem…

A Day in the Life of an Atom – Development

Working for Atomic Object, a day at the office can including many things, such as meetings, project kickoff, sales meetings with clients, or project leadership. It’s pretty fast paced sometimes.

I don’t know if there’s anything as a “typical day,” but I’m going to walk you through a development-heavy day on my current project, where I’m using some technologies that are newer to me.   Read more on A Day in the Life of an Atom – Development…

Where Does Atomic Thrive?

In 2001, Atomic Object came to life in a small, rented workspace in an old red brick building in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood. In 2003, when Atomic was still young and very small, we moved west on Wealthy Street to the red brick building we now call AOHQ. We’ve grown a lot since then, so it was smart of us to invest in a bigger house than we needed at the time. Turns out, the Uptown neighborhood suits us just fine.

In July 2012, we opened our Detroit office in another old, red brick building. And in September 2013, we hung the Atomic shingle out in Ann Arbor — in, you guessed it, a red brick building.

Atomic has chosen to locate our offices on the fringe of downtown in two larger Michigan cities (Grand Rapids and Detroit) and the center of a smaller scale city (Ann Arbor), where older, red brick commercial buildings are more likely to be the workplace options in stock. Read more on Where Does Atomic Thrive?…