A lot of our culture is encapsulated in the practices detailed by the Skutopia Technology Strategy (Public), including cross functional teams, blameless collaborative culture, outcomes focused roadmaps and objectives, transparency and data democratisation, etc. These practices are important, because culture is more than virtues written on the walls, culture is the way we respond to challenges, frame problems, and work together.
However there is more to our team culture than what is outlined in our Tech Strategy. Our culture also comes from some of the more practical aspects of our team’s operating system. This includes things such as:
Flexible work, whether that is flexible hours, working from home, office, hybrid, etc. We know that work needs to fit around life, not the other way around. As long as you turn up to meetings and deliver great work, you can arrange your time in a way that works for you and your team — Whether that’s making time for a school run, working in the evening, or popping out to catch the swell and making up the hours.
Flexible leave means knowing that our colleagues are responsible, trustworthy adults. We won’t be asking for medical certificates if you use sick leave, or asking invasive questions. If you need a day off, tell us as much as you’re comfortable with us knowing. Partly this is because we want you to feel safe to use sick leave for mental health days, and know that it is not always something people want to talk about.
Life balance is how we make sure we bring our best, most creative and energised selves to work. We’re not one for burning the candle at both ends, instead focusing on sustainable delivery.
That means, when things get tough, the way we solve that is by reducing scope or moving deadlines. Extra hours have to be used incredibly sparingly, very deliberately, for a very limited duration (2 days max), and with time off in lieu in order to manage fatigue. It always comes at the expense of quality, pushes out subsequent timelines, and incurs high interest technical debt. Yuck!
No crunch-time heroics here! Go home to the ones you really work for.
Supporting parents in particular is important to us too! Whether that’s making time for a school run, your kids deciding that your colleagues on the video call would really love to hear the new song they learnt, and perhaps most importantly, paid primary and secondary carer’s parental leave.
Learning and development is critical to a successful technology business. That’s why we have learning and development programs, support for attending conferences and presenting at them, a learning stipend towards self selected books, courses, and resources, and dedicated learning and development time.
With all this freedom comes the expectation that you deliver excellent work, and let your manager know if any issues come up that keep you from working as usual, so we can work together to solve them with you.