Appreciating our colleagues We have an amazing culture at Automattic that includes giving each other kudos as one form of recognition for great work, whether that’s delivering happiness to a customer, or to each other. Typically we use a Slack bot to share kudos, and that’s posted to an internal WordPress site dedicated to showcasing…… Continue reading In person kudos at the Automattic Grand Meetup
Our team has just released a white paper titled “Trust, Growth,Inclusion: A Study ofWomen Engineers’Job-Search Priorities” that explores what motivates women and non-binary technical professionals to join companies, and what helps retain them. Better gender representation is a challenge. I’m proud of our team’s efforts to better understand this challenge, and how to meet it.…… Continue reading New Automattic research on how to improve gender representation for technical roles
I’m in Lisbon for my team’s meetup (last year we were in Rome). Our first day was a free day, and we went on a walking tour of parts of Lisbon. It was a terrific introduction to this city. Of course, I made plenty of photos. We took the Metro to where we were going…… Continue reading My Lisbon experience
Being a distributed team has its challenges (and loads of benefits, too). We meet up with our teams at least once a year in person (last year our team met up in Rome), and the whole company meets up once a year for our Grand Meetup. Aside from these meetups, Automatticians also meet up in… Continue reading When Automatticians meet up
Another year has passed, and it’s my birthday again! 🎉 Quite a lot has changed in the last year. Last year, I looked back on 2017, and where my path had taken me. https://pauljacobson.me/2017/12/08/42/ I pretty much ended my retrospective with the following: While I don’t have all the answers (not even remotely), perhaps being…… Continue reading 43
A big part of my role as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic is explaining stuff to our users. I have a knack for it, particularly when it comes to email support. I commented to some colleagues today that I should change my job title to “Explainer” (we can basically choose our job titles at Automattic).…… Continue reading The Explainer
One of the perks of working for Automattic is having the opportunity to travel for team and company meetups. I arrived in Rome earlier today for a week-long team meetup. Because we’re a distributed company, we don’t often have a chance to meet our teams in person. Meetups are fantastic opportunities to get to know…… Continue reading When in Rome …
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