Every few weeks, we publish The Buzz, a wrap up of industry articles, videos and conversations the Honey team is loving and learning from. Here’s what we’re buzzing about this week.
1. How Fast-Growing Startups Can Fix Internal Communication Before It Breaks - First Round Review
This First Round article looks at what URX CEO John Milinovich is doing to keep internal communications alive at a fast-growing startup. Around the office, he’s implemented Contrarian Office Hours for company feedback, invited team members to give Tech Talks about their current projects, and talked to team members in one-on-one meetings. As URX grows, Milinovich continues to contribute to the company’s wiki, which documents everything employees (new and old) would want to know. Read the article here on First Round.
2. Fast-growing Startups Fight to Stay True to Their Culture - Upstart Business Journal
As companies grow larger, maintaining the collaborative vibe they had as a scrappy startup gets increasingly difficult. For some, when the company reaches a turning point of 30 employees, not every employee can still be involved in every decision - so how do you scale company culture and make every team member feel like they are contributors? Read the article here on Upstart.
3. 3 Principles for a Contagiously Engaging Company Culture- Fast Company
Ping-pong tables, break rooms, and beanbag chairs are great, but “company culture” is more than just perks and the newest office space. True company culture should be a catalyst for change, promoting employee engagement and happiness. This FastCo article details three variables that determine company culture, and how to put each in action.
4. Onboarding 101: 3 Companies That Roll Out the Red Carpet for New Employees - Friends of the US Chamber of Commerce
Making a new hire feel welcome is not only great for employee moral, but also paves the way for future engagement. The companies that do the best job at guiding their new hires through the onboarding process are Zappos, Cisco, and Birchbox. Read how they do it here.
5. The 12 Most Common Email Mistakes Professionals Make - Business Insider
Until the next startup comes along and reimagines email, it’s here to stay. This Business Insider article reminds us of some common email mistakes made in in the workplace - including hitting that reply all button. Read the article here.