Category: Work

  • It’s Ridiculous That Your Company Doesn’t Give You a Paid Sabbatical

    Three months off work. Paid. Every five years. That’s the Automattic sabbatical program. And I can’t believe more companies don’t do this. The Automattic sabbatical is a benefit where every employee is encouraged to take 3 months off every five years at the company. (We’re hiring people passionate about the web, just so you know.) […]

  • WordPress.com in Detroit

    Automattic (my employer) has been partnering with Rebrand Detroit to get 100 local, small businesses online. I’m thrilled that our international company is focusing on Detroit. If you are too (and you are reading this on May 17, 2017) you should come to the Rebrand Cities Salon this afternoon in Midtown. Matt Mullenweg, the CEO, just posted these new […]

  • Well… how did I get here?

    Well… how did I get here?

    Employee referral programs are killing diversity in the tech industry Roughly 70% of tech companies have programs to encourage referrals and most importantly, referrals account for up to 50% of new hires in the US.…Unfortunately, an employee being asked to refer someone for a given position will almost always go for somebody who shares the same social […]

  • If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work

    If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work Studies of leaders often focus on their style or charisma, but we wanted to look at how workers are affected by their boss’s technical competence. That is, is the boss is a real expert in the core business of the […]

  • Calvin Bushor on Super Powers

    My pal Cal wrote up a good piece on finding your super powers. Once you are able to see yourself through this new lens, you will start to pick up on things you do that others don’t. Sometimes it’s subtle. Sometimes it comes from the Thank You’s of others. Sometimes it will slap you in […]

  • I’m an Automattician

    At the beginning of August, I joined Automattic

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    Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck We are facing the decimation of entire small town economies, a disruption the likes of which we haven’t seen since the construction of the interstate highway system itself bypassed entire towns. If you think this may be a bit of hyperbole… let me back […]