Diversity and Inclusion
We recognize that the best outcomes for the organization come from people collaborating effectively together in groups, more so than from individual brilliance.
For that reason, we've spent the last 3 years growing and fostering an environment where all voices are encouraged to be heard and prevailing wisdom can be challenged, even when it comes to the CEO's pet project (and yes, that actually happened).
While we know there's still more work for us to do in making our culture more inclusive and increasing the diversity of our work-force, we have already come a long way - in no small part because these topics are personally important to our Founder and CEO.
What have we already done to make this happen? Read on...
We work remotely - all of us
We love working from home! We hire exceptional people who we know are committed, well organized and self-motivated. We encourage you to work the hours that suit you best, and to balance your outside life and interests. We trust you will get your work done. You can do it while you are at your prime and no wasting time on the train or driving!
How we manage the work: Squads
The company is divided into five core strategies managed by squads who are responsible for prioritizing work and making sure our processes and policies support the goals of the area. Participation in squads rotates periodically so that everyone gets the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and furthers their understanding of how areas in the company interconnect.
How we get the work done: Task forces
When a task or project is defined, a group of people with the necessary knowledge and skills form a task force. The work and decision-making happens in these small groups that form, complete the task, and disband. With task forces, we break down silos and get the chance to work with people from different disciplines.
The tooling that supports the work
Chat, video conferencing, document collaboration - we use it all to maximize effective communications.
Meetings when everyone's remote
We keep them short and focused on tasks or syncs. To keep us all on the same page, we have monthly Townhall meetings to sync on our latest activities. We record most meetings too so that people across time zones (or coming back from vacation or sick leave) can more easily catch up.
In-person company meetings
Working remotely is great, but we feel it’s very important to work together face to face at least once a year. We meet in one place for five days to discuss the company direction for the following year, work together in person, and reinforce personal connections by having some fun. In addition, everyone has a personal budget for other meetups with colleagues throughout the world.
We know how the company is doing
Due to our open model, we all know how the company is doing financially. We have easy access to everyone in the company, including the CEO. We are encouraged to ask hard questions and challenge the how and why of decisions. We have “Challenge Particular” meetings where we can ask any question that is on our mind about the organization, our work, and our culture.
What are the challenges?
- If the buzz of the office energizes you, if you thrive on the water cooler conversations, working in a distributed environment may not be well-suited for you.
- It can take some time to learn to set boundaries between work and private time, but we encourage and help each other to do just that.
- Since we don’t have departments or managers, we are responsible for coordinating every aspect of our work. Even with mentors to provide coaching, it can take some time to get used to being completely autonomous.
- Everyone who works for Particular is part of the team and treated the same, but legally, since the company doesn't have subsidiaries outside of Israel, most of our staff are contractors who set up their own company (or associate with an existing staff member's company) in their home country, issuing invoices as a part of getting paid.
More about our culture and getting work done
Check out a few of our blog posts and presentations:
- Decisions without managers
- Minivans and marathons
- Organization deconstructed
- Video presentation: Home alone
It's 20:00 and I'm just starting my "night shift" - answering emails, returning calls, meeting with colleagues in different time zones. This is the perk of flexible work time - the ability to make my schedule fit the work/life balance that I desire. Today, I went to Pilates, had lunch with a friend and picked up my daughter from preschool - all without worrying about whether my colleagues think that I'm shirking on work in order to cover my life and mom responsibilities. Being able to work flexibly means that everyone is getting the best part of me. The gratitude I feel for being able to spend time doing the things I want, and need, to do with no repercussions from work makes me want to do my absolute best for a company that provides this privilege. I invest myself in a company that invests in me.Kim - Licensing - Israel