Since our team is growing fast, we want to make sure working at Kinder is a pleasant and productive experience for all. That is why we have come up with the following guidelines for you to keep in mind:
We would like to keep the office a quiet place where people can come to focus on their work. Have something you absolutely need to talk about with one of your colleagues? Step out in the hallway, claim the hammock (before Mathys does), or go sit upstairs in the club.
Only a quick question or comment? Use Slack!
please use it for quick updates, comments and questions only. Slacks are small interruptions, so really think about the timing for your colleagues when bothering them. Have something to share that should not get lost in a sea of notifications and limited storage space? Use email!
But what if you have a question and you don't know who can answer it for you?
If you have a question about anything, please try Googling it/ checking the Kinder Landing first. Often the answer is way more easy to find than you’d initially think. It will save you time that you would have been spending on waiting for an answer, and it will save the other person from being interrupted unnecessarily.
Laura is the first line of defence making sure the developers, designers, writers, researchers, (so basically everyone) can focus on their priorities and don't get distracted by questions all day.
If you run into immediate problems/bugs you should send them to Laura right away of course. She'll try to fix them or will make sure it gets resolved by the right person.
When you log in to Slack, you’ll see that you’ve been added to the #daily channel. This is the place where you share with the rest of the team what you’ll be working on for the day ánd at the end of the day you’ll share what you actually did.
The purpose of the dailys is two-fold.
For your teammates to see what you’re doing and to check that you’re not both working on the same thing or maybe to offer some assistance. Even if the rest of the Kinder Office doesn’t understand specifically what you’re writing (for example coding/technical language) certainly your direct teammates will know what it means.
For the management team and those doing project managing to get a better idea of what stage everyone is at in their various projects.
Add your to do’s to the #daily channel in the morning, ideally, within an hour of starting your day.
Then share what you actually ended up doing at the end of the day right before you finish working.
The morning daily indicates what you intend to work on, while the evening daily communicates what you actually did.
Instead of just writing down the broad project that you’re working on. Try and write down the specific tasks that you’ll be tackling for the day.
Be as specific as possible, but don’t worry if you end up doing something completely different. That’s why we have the end of the day dailies.
More reasons to keep up with your dailies (courtesy of Linsey):
“You might wonder, why would I share my daily to-do list with the rest of the Kinder crew? And why in god's name would I ever let anyone know if I actually accomplished anything I said I would?
Accountability can be a b*tch, we all know that. The transparency hype is totes overrated. It is true that a daily may seem schoolish, but with our (arguably) flexible work hours or the option to work remotely, there is no way to know for sure if someone else is also riding that awesome wave of spontaneous creativity today. Working on your projects in isolation is the way to go for some of us, and your daily is the perfect opportunity to let everyone know you are socially checking out and unavailable for wishy-washy chit-chat. But honestly, you are not a radio (just sending, no receiving)! You also like to know what everyone else is up to, and who you can reach when you are in a pinch.
Most would agree this is all fairly helpful. But why does it feel like we have to clock out at the end of the day with our accomplishments? Really, because we do, and it is sound practice when you do not want others to repeat the work you just wrapped up. Its a quick and easy way to update all relevant stakeholders on the current status of your projects.” - Linsey Groot
First of all, meetings are expensive and often unproductive, so try to keep them to a minimum. But when you do talk to someone about something important it can be hard to remember what you've discussed when you get back to working on other stuff right after. So always send a follow up email to your sparring partner (& other relevant people) to state the outcome of your conversation and the steps that have to be taken as a result.
Go here to find a draft for your next follow up email!
As you'll soon find out, or you already did, we send out an internal newsletter each Friday. We can understand you don't read every single #daily that gets shared, so the highlights can be found in the newsletter along with other news you might have missed.
With a team that is spread out all over the country, and sometimes even world, this is our way of making sure everyone stays up to date to Kinder's world. (Not to be confused with Kinder World, but you'll read about that in the newsletter as well.)
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