Employee Experience roundup – It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work, The Top Companies For Culture And Values

October 9, 2018by Shona LepisInternal CommunicationsRecruiting and RetentionThe EX Roundup


Welcome to our weekly hand-curated roundup of articles and resources, guidance and inspiration for those who have a role and responsibility in shaping the employee experience. We include a variety of sources and topics ranging from Employer Branding, Content, Employee Communications & Campaigns, Recruitment Marketing, and workplace culture.

In this week’s EX Roundup, we’re featuring a book review by the makers of Basecamp, one of our favorite software tools who have a new book out called, “It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work,” also learn about “The Top Companies For Culture And Values,” plus more.

How to run a calm workplace — Book Review, The Economist
“MANAGEMENT books have a deservedly poor reputation. Too often they are written by people who confuse insight with jargon, the types who love to call a spade a “manual horticultural utensil”. At the other end of the scale are tomes containing a plethora of pithy platitudes about “breaking the mould” and “worshipping the kill”. The choice, in short, is between the incomprehensible and the inconsequential.

So it was a joy for Bartleby to read “It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work”, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, who run a software company in Chicago called Basecamp. Their book is funny, well-written and iconoclastic and by far the best thing on management published this year.”

How To Build A Culture Of Trust In A Large Remote Team — Forbes, By Bretton Putter
“The Social Element (formerly Emoderation) is an award-winning social media management agency with a global reach, remote team and fascinating culture. Its founder, Tamara Littleton, saw the explosion in social media before it happened and founded the company in 2002 to help brands develop a genuine connection with their people. The company has experienced explosive growth, at one point, the company increased from 150 to 300 people in a six-month period. I sat down with Tamara to talk about how she has managed to build and scale a robust distributed company culture that has stood the test of time.”

Why Every Department Should Care About The Future Of Work Today — Forbes, By Suz O’Donnell
“The “future of work” is one of the trendiest catchphrases in business today. Everybody defines the phrase differently, and it seems everyone has a unique take on what concepts fall under the category “future of work.”

No matter how many ways it’s defined, you must determine now what the best version of the future of work should be for your department and overall organization. If you don’t, you could put yourself in a talent, technology, and financial hole — and lose the ability to compete in a hyper-evolving marketplace.”

Connecting Employee Experience and Customer Experience — Business 2 Business Community, By Jana Barrett
“Every company wants to improve its customer experience. But if you only examine your relationships with customers and fail to look under the hood, you might get nowhere. More and more, research suggests that employee experience (EX) and customer experience (CX) are intertwined, and in order to improve on one, you have to improve on the other.”

The Top Companies For Culture And Values — Forbes, By Kathryn Dill
“The term “corporate culture” once brought to mind strict dress codes and cut-throat coworker competition, but company culture is rapidly emerging as essential to building a brand, attracting customers, and winning the burgeoning war for talent.

Recognizing the growing role of company culture in attracting and retaining talent, company review and salary comparison site Glassdoor compiled this list of the Top 25 Companies For Culture And Values.”

Digital Transformation through HR & Employee Experience — The World Employee Experience Institute
“Disrupt, or be disrupted. The clear message investors and boards are sending corporate leaders. The question is, how can HR play a role in helping businesses become digital and agile? Patrick Doyle, CEO of Domino’s, went out and claimed: “We are as much a tech company as we are a Pizza company” during a CEO Summit in Detroit back in 2016, and rightly so. That mindset clearly paid off. Since 2010, when Doyle took over Domino’s, stock prices increased by more than 2,400%. That’s more than both Apple and Amazon’s increase during the same period, combined.”

Recruitment Marketing vs. Employer Branding: What’s the Difference? — Undercover Recruiter
“Reading them you’d think they are the same thing – but are they? Some would argue there are some similarities in their function and others would claim they are completely different and a business needs both.”

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Shona Lepis

Shona is responsible for Vignette’s marketing practice, covering everything from agency brand aesthetics to positioning, and managing the agency’s web and social presence.