Everyone is regarded as a responsible adult. You have the autonomy to do your job the best you can. You receive the training you need to do the job, then we set your goals and define your tasks together. After that you plan and organize yourself. You set your own work schedule. You work on days you want to and from where you want to. You tell us when you go on a vacation and for how long.
15 minutes of standup a day at 10 AM UTC, the rest is asynchronous. We encourage people to turn off Slack and seniors do it regularly to lead by example. The bulk of the work happens in GitHub Issues. Our #out-of-office channel is filled with messages such as “off to the gym, be back in 2hrs” and “sun is out, back later in the afternoon!” We have a planning morning every 14 days where we plan the next two weeks together. Strategic planning happens twice a year when we meet in person for a week at a random location around the World. We call these gatherings IRLs.
Every time we hire we reach out to individuals from underrepresented groups we know personally and ask them for recommendations and referrals. And we publish ads on job lists for underrepresented groups such as Tech Ladies
We have a salary calculator
that we use to calculate everyone's salary in the company. The calculator does not allow any per-person customizations, to prevent better negotiators (or people with a better safety net) to negotiate a better salary for themselves.
A few of the other things we do:
We still have a long way to go though, but we're committed to making this a priority.
You get to do regular one-on-ones with founders and team leads. Every Nitean every week submits a quick 1 to 4 rating of how they feel. If we notice a consistent dip for someone, we take extra time to talk to them.
The Productivity Allowance is a monthly budget that can be used to pay for any expenses that you believe can improve your work. Some examples of such expenses (but definitely not a finite list): attending a conference, a training or a similar event, an online course, a new phone, computer or monitor, a good microphone and camera for meetings, a good work chair or a standing desk, an internet connection with a static IP at a reputable provider, a membership of a local hackerspace, a gadget such as a Kindle or a smartwatch, a Raspberry PI to play around with and learn new things, etc. You can also use your allowance for a gym membership or similar sports activity.