- In business 11 years
- Funding modelBootstrapped
- Team size 9
Wire Media is a user experience design firm with expertise in web accessibility and visual storytelling.
Wire Media profile
How do you maintain flexibility & balance for your team?
In practice this looks like most people working regular business hours, more or less. And, if they need to take time off to get the dog to the vet, or take care of some personal appointment, or have a nice 3 day weekend, they are free to arrange their schedule to make that happen.
We almost never ask anyone to work nights, weekends, or holidays. And we don't let clients pressure us into doing so. The only exception would be some kind of crisis, like a client website has been totally hacked or something. But this is so rare as to approach 99.9% never.
We're also currently considering experimenting with a 4-day work week, but we're not quite there yet.
How do you ensure autonomy and plan for the future?
To comment on the DEEP WORK question below:
- We DO require people to be "present" on Slack if they are "at work" so that, like in the office, if someone needs to ask them something or whatever, they are available and we don't get stuck. That being said, we do encourage people to chunk their time and NOT to respond immediately to posts or pings, and also NOT to allow notifications from Slack (so they have to choose when to go check it instead). The being present online while at work, we've found, also contributes to team members feeling they are part of an actual team, rather then just slogging away all alone at home., and is morale booster. Our "goofing around" slack channel is very popular, for example.
- We don't have written policies about this but I talk about it often (monthly).
Re communication methods: we use both equally and as said above we encourage asynchronous use of Slack when possible. We use Slack, Jira, and Teamwork for our primary modes of communication. It should be notes that sometimes it's critical to have real-time, immediate, back and forth conversations to resolve an issue in a timely manner.
How does your company try to hire people from underrepresented groups and improve the diversity of your team?
How do you support your team to grow and improve?
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