Why Etsy’s All Hands Meetings Create an Open Culture

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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