We are highlighting the top companies who are passionately dedicated to monitoring and improving their company culture. These organizations are also committed to recognition via Cheers for Peers and responding to virtual suggestions. These companies aren't just winning a once-a-year survey. They are dedicated on a continual basis. Bravo!
Concept Systems, Inc.
Goktug Dazkir, Senior Engineer
'I am always impressed with our company's desire to thrive by working really hard to make Concept a likeable place for everyone. TINYpulse is one of those smart initiatives at Concept that helps us to do a sanity check on happiness factor of people and identify loose ends to tie. TINYpulse is easy to use, fun to interact with and a great tool to let everyone know about things you don't like or concerned with anonymously. On the flip side, TINYpulse helps management to develop a thicker skin, easily see some of the common pains around the company and provide with the opportunity to show people that they care about them by taking solid actions to address these issues. I believe TINYpulse will play a key role in preventing having a disconnect between the management and the employees as we grow as a company. Also, Cheers for Peers will help employees to strengthen their relationship with peers by showing appreciation for others.'
Joan Rose, PMO Director
'One doesn't have to look far to find study after study citing the myriad benefits of employee recognition. Despite that, it's so easy to get caught up in the day to day business demands that too often, the really good work can go unnoticed. Enter TINYpulse. They've made it simple and speedy to offer "Cheers for Peers". This quick tool both reminds you, and makes it simple, to offer specific positive feedback to anyone in your organization. It's crazy how both giving and receiving these "Cheers" can put a positive spin on a challenging work week. Thanks to TINYpulse for what they do, and to our Executives for embracing it and working to act on suggestions.'
Ed Diehl, President
'It is very important to us that we maintain the culture we've fostered since founding the company in 1999. As we've grown and added offices maintaining that culture gets more challenging. TINYpulse has been a great way to verify that we are living up to the promises that we've made to our employees. The format, using simple, regular surveys works much better for our management team than a lengthy annual survey. We get regular, open, honest feedback from our employees, and the feedback is actionable; we've implemented changes already based on the feedback. I like to think that everyone here feels comfortable voicing their opinion and discussing concerns with management simply by walking into my office and having a conversation. For the most part that is the case. But TINYpulse provides a venue for those people who are not necessarily comfortable with that approach, or due to their location can't simply walk into my office. The Cheers for Peers feature is an added bonus; it is getting used constantly to recognize individual contributors. We have a very open, team oriented culture here.'
David Hancock, Founder/MD
'TINYpulse has been great for our culture. It has facilitated very frank, honest feedback across the company. We now know about any cultural issues, however small, as soon as they arise. This allows us to address them openly and transparently at the next company-wide meeting before they fester. The 'Cheers' feature – through which the team can publically thank, congratulate and praise one another – has led to an even tighter team dynamic where people feel truly appreciated. We've also received many clever ideas through 'Virtual Suggestions' which has led to excellent improvements to our business. Unsurprisingly, the best ideas have come from our people closest to the customer and I think the anonymity of the platform has helped with that. TINYpulse has been the catalyst for a highly-engaged team and a very happy, healthy workplace.'
Ryan Bodycote, Customer Service Specialist
'TINYpulse has been a great tool for opening up discussions about ways to improve our company. Knowing that your feedback or suggestions are being recognised is a rewarding feeling. 'Cheers for peers' also really helped me find my feet when I first started at Geeks2U. Thanks to TINYpulse, one of my ideas regarding our offsite laptop repair centre has now opened up the floor for the discussion about improving the current process, which really makes me feel like my opinions have value within the company.'
Caitlyn Hennesy, Assistant Team Leader
'TINYpulse was a great opportunity for me to build confidence. It's all about having that more casual forum to discuss suggestions or questions that you've had but maybe didn't have the courage to talk about in a formal setting. By getting positive responses from my ideas, I was able to build that self belief that allowed me to broach these topics without an anonymous setting. This assisted in my development at Geeks2U and in turn I recently received a promotion to Assistant Team Leader!'
Find The Best
Kevin O'Connor, CEO
'I encourage employees to come to me anytime with feedback, but it can be tough to separate the one-off issues from patterns. TINYpulse has been a huge help in identifying the issues that our team members find most important. When I see that a quarter of our team wants healthier snacks or a larger gym area, I know it's worth the investment. As our company continues to grow, TINYpulse also allows us to break out feedback into sub-groups within the company. For example, Engineering might want a quieter workspace, but not Sales. This helps us get actionable insights while keeping responses anonymous.'
Marine Schumann, Marketing
'I remember the first time I received a Cheers for Peers message. I had just started at FindTheBest and I was about to present my first project. I didn't know about TINYpulse yet, but my coworker commended me for the level of detail and devotion I had put into my first task at the company. This small support just brightened my day and gave me confidence to present! The cheers feature is really smart and it has helped to strengthen relationships between the team.'
Ben Taylor, Editorial Development
'TinyPULSE is dead-simple—I can submit five quick bullets of feedback in 2 minutes—it never interrupts my workflow. But TINYpulse is also fun. Even the most feedback-averse employees will get a kick out of questions like, "If your company were an animal, what would it be and why?" or "If your CEO were played by an actor, who would that actor be?" If it seems like you're only getting feedback from the same three or four people every week, TINYpulse will draw in the rest of your company'
Conversion Rate Experts
Peter Hardingham, Conversion Rate Optimization Consultant
'A really good example of [the benefits of TINYpulse] is the development of ways to measure performance so that each consultant has a better understanding of their contributions to Conversion Rate Experts (CRE) – the ideas for the metric we now use came directly out of the responses to TINYpulse questions, helping to drive a closer-knit team culture based on the feedback from each of us.'
Ben Jesson, CEO & Founder
'We asked a question on transparency recently, and we didn't score as highly as we expected. We followed up with an 'ask us anything' [custom] question and we shared our responses with the whole team—this was really well received and we're going to do it regularly. Thanks to TINYpulse we were able to identify and directly address the issue extremely quickly and effectively.'
Karl Blanks, Chairman & Founder
'Several members of team asked—via TINYpulse—for an official system of announcing company news. Previously, we had announced news ad hoc. Now, on Tuesdays we ask everyone for their news, then we read it out at the start of our weekly meetings. In case anyone isn't present at the meeting, we then email the news to everyone in the company.'
Amy Balliett, Owner of Killer Infographics
'As the owner of a fast-paced, sometimes high-stress startup, maintaining a positive and collaborative company culture is key. Through TinyPulse, I keep a "pulse" on that culture and provide my team with a venue to share their concerns, suggestions, and cheer on one another. Each week I get a better grasp on how happy my team is and provide a weekly meeting to discuss opportunities for improvement, share stories of success, and ultimately plan the future of Killer Infographics together. TinyPulse is one of the ways we ensure every employee has a voice. From requesting the next venue for our company lunch to suggesting ways to improve our process, it provides a forum for positive change and shows my team that their input matters'
Ashley Banker, Office Manager hired because of TINYpulse
'It's important to know that we are helping to create something together. Our weekly Friday meeting is essential for our growing company in many ways. We take the time out of a busy workweek to reflect, acknowledge, listen and explain. That's one of the most beneficial perks of our TinyPulse meetings. The "Why" is always explained, which totally changes your motivation as an employee. Suddenly you're not being told what to do, you're being asked how we can make it better. And we want to make it better everyday. As a team, we have created an environment that we are proud to call our own, and we know that each of us has made a huge impact in getting us to this point.'
Zevenseas- A Rapid Circle Company
Daniel McPherson, Director/Co-Founder
'As a start-up company, we valued transparency from the very beginning. This made the introduction of TinyPulse a straight forward idea. We’ve been really happy with the result, realising that some people just prefer to give more detailed suggestions/feedback in writing as opposed to face-to-face. It has helped us to ensure everyone has a voice, and the more concerns raised the better.'
'People adopted TINYpulse quickly and now it is a part of our culture.For instance, there was a lot of feedback concerning the quality of the office lunch provided, this turned into the formation of a 'Food Committee' which meets every week, reads any suggestion/feedback and determines the next weeks menu. Also, feedback we received via the site also translated directly into an enhanced and simplified leave structure.'
Pratik Mandore, SharePoint Consultant
'Even before Zevenseas introduced TINYpulse, it always was open for suggestions, but people weren’t too comfortable sharing suggestions fearing it could be taken negatively or would that impact appraisals. With TINYpulse, we get an opportunity to speak on any topic without disclosing our identity. The questions asked are very precise, this way I can write my honest views about company.'
'Next best part is showcasing of results and discussion on steps taken by organisation for improvements happening periodically during our monthly all hands meet. Some said chairs were bad, and new chairs were ordered by forming a committee of employees, some spoke about not so good food quality and caterers were changed. We got new Coffee machines, new hardwares, and many things got improved and are getting improved. Well, who can forget the "cheers for peers". feels so great to receive a cheer or to express thanks in so easy yet in so beautiful way.'
Quote Ruben Timmerman, founder & CEO
'When your company grows, you don't hear everything you need to hear at the lunch table anymore. Also it gets a lot harder to distinguish between one person with a problem, patterns that reoccur, and ideas that keep coming back for a good reason. I've found TINYpulse to do something that I'd want my ideal self to do, but too often falls between the cracks: constantly asking the team for feedback and improvements. On top of that, it's a really great archive to visit every now and then for inspiration on how to improve our company and culture. The real kicker? All those Cheers people give each other, that really makes an impact and is just something that you'd otherwise never have.'
'The cheers we read from and about others are always a source of inspiration, because you'd normally miss that (if its a person-to-person conversation). For instance, one employee thanked another for a business trip to see customers abroad they took together, and that prompted another team to plan one too since it's been too long since they did one.'
'We also introduced Holacracy, leading to much shorter and concreter meetings, as well as more autonomous teams. This resulted in a lack of cross-team sync as well as missing a "team feel", the soft side of meetings that makes them run for too long but can also be fun. This wasn't a concrete suggestion, as much as a recurring theme in feedback, that I chose to address and then finetune in our FTHM (Friday Town Hall Meeting) where people can put anything on the agenda and we demo stuff to each other.'
Quote Rik Matena, product manager
'Seeing as we are very data-driven in pretty much all aspects of our product development, it made a lot of sense to us to measure our team's happiness. We believe in numbers and the results have shown why: several 'unchill' things have come up via TinyPulse's feedback tool and since been improved. Next to that, you just feel super good when a work-buddy gives you a cheers!'
Debbie van Veen, Smooth Ops Manager
'TinyPulse gives me the opportunity to stand still for one moment in the week and really check how things are going at work. But also, and just as important in having a channel where I can give feedback and make suggestions, I can read what my colleagues think. Quite often, there are things I have never thought of, suggestions of colleagues that inspire and make you think. For example, our Do It Live Fridays (choosing mini projects with multidisciplinary teams to deploy before the weekend, usually small fun things, accompanied by a beer or two)! I had no idea how much I missed that start-up atmosphere, until someone mentioned it as a suggestion and we just started doing it again... And I loooove the cheers!'
Marissa B. Allen | Lead Account Strategist
'Wpromote has ALWAYS been about putting its employee first. Since day one, the Mikes have made their employees (aka high school friends) a priority. Now that we’ve grown exponentially, they’ve maintained that interest. The lengths they will go to keep us happy is evident in all of the office perks they offered already. With TINYpulse, it’s only become more obvious: music in the bathroom, fresh fruit Mondays, a masseuse three times a week, Fine Wine Fridays, monthly department outings, comped meal plans, free Dodger tickets, free yoga classes, office parties, and even more. It’s seriously amazing. Also, due to our growth, we are moving into a new office and TINYpulse has been a huge help in gathering feedback from all of the employees about what we would like our new office environment to be like. I firmly believe that TINYpulse has been the most successful and impactful tool for Wpromote to utilize in maintaining a close relationship with its rapidly growing employee base.'
Michael Block, COO | Wpromote
'TINYpulse isn’t just important for maintaining a culture that makes people want to work here; it’s also an important part of my job. As COO, I divide my responsibilities into two sections: keeping our clients happy and successful and keeping our employees happy and successful. For the latter, TINYpulse is the best tool in the tool chest. I always tell people that my door is open but when you’ve got 170+ employees, you’ve got a lot of different personalities and many prefer the anonymity and direct access of TINYpulse. Through TINYpulse, we’ve addressed small issues like adding fruit wash in the kitchen or starting a K-cup recycling program to larger issues like implementing a company-wide project management system and bringing revenue transparency to all of our employees. Without TINYpulse, I wouldn’t know where we had areas to improve and employees might feel like they have to impose in order to get their voices heard. TINYpulse allows us to be a high functioning organization where work gets done efficiently but also where employee happiness never has to take a backseat.'