On Planning My Own Onboarding & Training at Atomic

I’ve recently made an exciting change and joined Atomic Object in a leadership position. I am now participating in a very unique onboarding experience. What makes it so different is that I am driving the pace and direction of my onboarding. I wanted to share what I’ve learned through this experience in hopes that it may improve onboarding programs in other organizations.
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Your Success Is Our Success – On Symbiosis in Professional Services

We’d be lost without our clients. And I don’t mean that in the obvious way that any company needs revenue to survive. I mean it more figuratively, as in: We wouldn’t know where to go, or why to be together, or, really, why to even exist. Our mission is to pursue success for our clients as if it were our own. Our clients provide the goal that our project teams help reach. It’s a wonderful symbiosis.
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Navigating Family Emergencies at Atomic with Flexible Scheduling

I recently found myself in a situation where I needed to use an Atomic benefit that isn’t as well codified as some of the others (like vacation time). My wife—who was 31 weeks pregnant at the time—was in a car accident and had to spend a week in the hospital.

When you’re in my position and need to be in the hospital for a week to take care of your significant other, what do you do? Read more on Navigating Family Emergencies at Atomic with Flexible Scheduling…

Improving Our Support for New Parents

We recently took a look at some of our benefits to see if there were improvements we could make in support of our efforts to grow Atomic in diversity and numbers. Having a diverse team makes Atomic better and stronger, and we want to grow the number of women we employ while continuing to make Atomic a welcoming and supportive place for all Atoms to thrive.

Coming out of that review, our top priority was to strengthen our overall parental leave policy. Read more on Improving Our Support for New Parents…

Toward Fair Pay – Evolving how we Evaluate & Compensate Employees

Fair pay matters a lot. It’s important to our business that we attract and retain top talent, and it’s important to me personally. I care about the Atoms at Atomic; they’re my friends. For them, and for my own personal integrity, I want a fair and consistent value exchange for everyone at Atomic.

We recently modified our compensation evaluation process to a more routine—and hopefully more fair—system (judged by consistency). Read more on Toward Fair Pay – Evolving how we Evaluate & Compensate Employees…

How We Practice Open-Book Management at Atomic

I’ve been part of Atomic for 10+ years, and it’s easy to forget some of the dreadful feelings and experiences I’ve had in other companies where transparency in financial performance was not part of the culture like it is here.

If you’ve had the experience of being kept in the dark on financial performance, have you ever found yourself wondering: Read more on How We Practice Open-Book Management at Atomic…

Avoiding Bias in our Job Interviews with Scripts & Personas

I hate the idea that we might miss hiring an awesome teammate at Atomic Object — especially if we lose the opportunity for a stupid reason like an unintentional bias in our interview process. Several of us recently read Thomas Ptacek’s post about fixing broken developer interviews, which has spurred our efforts to improve our ability to gather consistent, concrete, unbiased information about candidates throughout Atomic’s hiring process.

As a result, we’ve added two things to our toolbox that we believe are helping avoid harmful bias in our interview process: an interview script, and personas. Read more on Avoiding Bias in our Job Interviews with Scripts & Personas…

Writing a Gender-Neutral Job Description for Developers

As our CEO Carl Erickson wrote last week, we’re trying to build a more diverse team, focusing first on gender diversity.

I was asked to look at how we market our job openings and find ways to reach more female candidates. One of the first things I discovered was the idea that job descriptions themselves can be oriented toward one gender and discourage members of another. Read more on Writing a Gender-Neutral Job Description for Developers…

Diversity for Diversity’s Sake? – 9 Reasons We Want to Be Gender Diverse

We’ve been working for several years to improve the gender balance at Atomic Object, largely because we held “diversity is good” to be self-evident.

But the last six to nine months, as we’ve been changing out benefits and practices in pursuit of this goal, I’ve been thinking about why diversity is good. Read more on Diversity for Diversity’s Sake? – 9 Reasons We Want to Be Gender Diverse…