Why Etsy’s All Hands Meetings Create an Open Culture
Etsy kicks off their monthly all hands meetings with employee talent shows, which help foster a trusting and innovative organizational culture. While all-hands meetings have traditionally started with a performance by their employee band, they’ve recently opened the floor to any variety of talent–from stand-up comedy to “doing music on a GameBoy Player." Sarah Starpoli, a member of Etsy’s culture and engagement team, says it's company policy to begin meetings this way because "It really brings people together.” Beyond being a lot of fun, the talent show proves that employees are more than their job description. They become vulnerable by displaying their non-work personas, which helps create human connection between coworkers—for example, people who don't typically work together can use the talent show as a conversation starter. The bonds that are formed tend to carry through to the workplace, and the culture and engagement team has found that it increases collaboration and productivity.
Takeaway: Find ways you can encourage your team to bring their whole selves to work to increase engagement.
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