Digital therapeutics for common mental health conditions
San Francisco, London, or Remote (Global)
At Big Health, our mission is to help millions get back to good mental health with non-drug alternatives for conditions like anxiety and insomnia. Our digital therapeutics deliver meaningful real-world change by providing positive clinical outcomes for individuals and lowering companies’ health care costs. The pandemic has only underscored the importance of mental health, and with our recent $75M Series C, we’re growing faster than ever.
In order to deliver the most value for our customers, we must lead by example and foster a psychologically safe environment. Our goal is to create a culture where everyone on the team feels safe enough to be industrious, make and learn from mistakes along the way, and ask for help when needed. Blameless post-mortems are the norm. This means we actively avoid silos and encourage engineers to have productive conversations and debates to get to higher-quality answers. The curiosity to learn and ability to get along well with others is something we actively look for in interviews.
1 Open Positions
At Asana, teaching with compassion means sharing your knowledge and realizing the strength that comes with empowering your teammates. It’s not about making someone feel inferior for not knowing what you know, but rather giving them the patience they need to make progress. To do this, we strive to understand from the learner’s perspective: where they come from, what their learning style is, and how they absorb information.
We place a huge emphasis on mentorship. Everyone has unique knowledge, skills, and experience, which they can share with others. From onboarding buddies, to managers, to interview mentors, we look for every opportunity to create meaningful relationships. We’re mentoring each other all the time – there’s always room to grow!
Ultimately, we view failure as a crucial step toward success and an opportunity to learn. When things don’t go as expected, we practice an exercise called “Five Whys,” which encourages us to analyze a problem with a curious mindset without blame.
20 Open Positions
Operating system for building and growing communities
San Francisco, Paris, or Remote (US/Europe)
The best communities protect the psychological safety of their members, and we believe it should be the same at Orbit. We are a community of teammates. This means creating a space where you feel comfortable speaking up and sharing your thoughts without fear of risking your reputation, back channelling, or having an idea called stupid. At Orbit, our goal for ourselves (and anyone who joins the team!) is to ensure we trust and respect one another. This makes for a more resilient, fulfilling, and long-lasting work environment.
1 Open Positions
While creating a safe environment to fail (see below) is important for encouraging technical risk-taking, we believe psychological safety is equally important for interpersonal risk-taking. If you’re having a bad day, really love a tool we aren’t using at Repeat yet, or are feeling anxious about a big architectural decision, we want you to be able to share those feelings without fear of rejection or retribution in any form. Since we work in a highly collaborative environment, it’s essential that everyone feels empowered to speak up, share their ideas, and ask for support when needed. Doing so in a safe and respectful environment is not only critical for reaching the optimal decision, but also for building the best product possible.
1 Open Positions
We treat each other with respect, work collaboratively, and listen to each other to find the best path forward. Team members should always feel comfortable sharing their ideas and opinions. Starting on day one with new employee onboarding, we solicit as much feedback as possible about our processes, platform, and our team. In every 1:1 with managers, direct reports are encouraged to voice their ideas first. We also provide built-in opportunities for people on different teams to collaborate. For instance, there are two weekly meetings for this very purpose, where a customer success team member might surface a frequently-requested feature to the product team or an engineer might suggest a tool that will streamline a process for the sales team.
Mistakes are inevitable, but we always focus on the issue at hand and never point fingers. Previously, we had a book club and read Beyond Blame, which walks through how a company handled a postmortem for a major infrastructure issue. We model our postmortems in the same vein and acknowledge that issues can happen to any of us. The emphasis should always be on improvements we can make in the future. A great example of this happened recently: we had the biggest spike in our server traffic that we’d ever had, which brought our infrastructure down. Ben, our co-founder and CEO, openly shared that it was related to a decision he made back when he made the first version of the server. The entire team came together to focus on the problem: while customer support communicated with customers, engineers resolved significant bottlenecks to our server traffic and shored up the necessary parts of the codebase.
1 Open Positions
Even as a small startup with 15 people, we prioritized hiring key People roles to help build solid foundations for an inclusive environment. While technical skills are critical, empathy is a key company value and we evaluate candidates on both during the hiring process. As we grow, it’s important to us that everyone feels safe to do their best work. A large part of this means being able to give and receive constructive feedback. We know giving feedback is a difficult muscle to build, so we’ve implemented forcing functions or feedback structures to help our team give feedback more regularly, such as anonymous engagement surveys and anonymous feedback forms that we send out before every all-hands meeting.
We’re currently in the process of developing a feedback training with our managers and also plan to run psychological safety focus groups where teams sit down with managers and someone from HR to go over what’s working well and what can be improved to help everyone feel supported. Last but not least, we have 360-degree reviews twice a year as well as more informal check-ins every other quarter so we can keep a pulse on how we’re doing.
Agile product development consultancy
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chattanooga, and New York
It’s amazing how companies are able to move quickly when they give a certain level of autonomy and agency to their team. Whether it’s through an actual system or by teaching inherent values within the working paradigm, it’s necessary for teams to have a way to do risk assessment. What is reversible risk? What isn’t reversible? When everyone trusts that they are within those guardrails, the team can move and make decisions quickly. We are incredibly thoughtful about this not only at Carbon Five but also when assessing the companies we take on as clients. We gather a lot of metrics for all of the companies that we work with, and demonstrating psychological safety is one of the strongest signals for success that we’ve seen over the years.
1 Open Positions
The science of high-performing teams is a topic of interest here at Aptible, and we’re constantly thinking about how to build the best work environment. Company-wide, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. It’s more than okay to ask things in a way that isn’t perfectly polished. In fact, our executive team leads by example in our all-hands meetings, which are super informal (in a good way!) and open for anyone to speak up and share their thoughts. On the engineering team, we encourage folks to point out things that didn’t go well so we can learn from them and make ourselves better together. Similarly, when a project or process goes well, we want to learn from that, too.
In addition, we check in with each other both qualitatively and quantitatively. Each team member has a weekly 1:1 where they can discuss anything with their manager and we view this feedback as a two-way street. As a team, we also conduct a quarterly Team Experience Survey to understand how we’re doing as an organization. One of the key components that we assess is Team Psychological Safety. We ask questions derived from the work of Amy Edmondson, PhD – the scientist who developed the concept of psychological safety – to understand how the team is feeling about taking risks, asking for help, and making mistakes.
The Aptible Team at our 2022 Offsite in Philadelphia.
Take control of your medical records
San Francisco, Cebu City (Philippines), or Remote (US/Canada)
Innovation is driven by insights from a team of passionate, curious, and diverse individuals, who can show up as whole, quirky human beings and solve hard problems together. To spark that innovation, we align around shared goals and values and create a space for what makes you you, where your journey and your story matter. Our differences in identities, interests, backgrounds, and experiences bring with them a variety of creative ideas, knowledge, skills, thoughts, and techniques. We need you at the table.
We take our work seriously, but we try not to take ourselves too seriously. As we’ve learned from the patients we support or from our own medical journeys, levity and joy – especially in the face of daunting challenges ahead – keep us resilient and help make solving those problems a little easier. Laughing with each other and embracing mistakes as learning opportunities helps us be more creative and resilient as we work together to change the future of all patients and medical research.
Our leadership team takes their responsibility to create space for others very seriously. We are among the few companies with a female CEO & Co-Founder and a number of other key leadership roles (COO, Head of People), and have LGBTQ+ representation within our senior leadership (COO). While having diverse leadership is important, we recognize as we grow we need to be conscious of creating opportunity and extending pathways so that we can not only win, but win with you.
We’re in a very unique space since no one else does what we do. In order to transform the technical interviewing and hiring process, we have to build a team that is willing to take risks, ask questions, and challenge the norm. Leadership sets a good example during weekly We Connect meetings by being open and vulnerable – not just about company goals – but also about real world issues that affect Karateers.
Creating a place where people feel safe to share ideas and ask for help when needed is crucial for our success. As Kyle says, “I always feel like I have someone I can reach out to for support on a project or a piece of information. We’re encouraged to experiment and it’s ok if something doesn’t 100% work out, because it’s a safe space to share an idea or try something new.”
Postmortems are always blameless and we view failures as learning opportunities. For instance, we recently invested a lot of resources into integrating our video calling product with our coding environment. We thought it was really cool, but when we actually released it to the people using the product, most of them didn’t like the change at all. Instead of dwelling on the outcome, we viewed it as a good learning experience where we were able to gain more information and in the future we might release something that has both options. Taking risks is part of the process and engineers should never feel afraid to try something new and fail.
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