All posts tagged: HR

Culture Spotlight: Hadas of WEB3

Healthy corporate cultures and inclusive working environments don’t happen by accident. Companies that get it right have figured out the questions many of our community members ask us daily.  How do you actually build a healthy corporate culture?  Where do you begin?  How do you scale initiatives in a growing company with a new (sometimes international) workforce? In short, there’s no silver bullet to creating an enriching place to work.  But in many cases of great work cultures, there is a champion – a leader who sets the troops in motion.  We came across such a leader at the company WEB3 – Hadas Atzitz, happiness manager.   WEB3 group specializes in digital media and develops advanced online marketing solutions.  An innovative company at heart, WEB3 works constantly to develop new and unique technologies which serve the world’s leading tech and consumer goods companies. Pitaya had a great time chatting with Hadas Atzitz on all things culture and employee development. Hadas, You joined the company when there were only 15 employees, and within a short period, …

Culture Spotlight: Maya of Honeybook

When you walk into the HoneyBook offices you’re immediately greeted by a welcoming space flanked with bright walls, market lights on the ceiling, and beautiful furniture created with upcycled wood.  It’s like you’ve just entered a living room filled with a family of tee-shirt clad developers huddling around computers and cups of coffee.  Music plays through the open office space while HoneyBookers mill about, working on new developments for their core product- a workflow system geared toward creative professionals.   HoneyBook has created a stir in the tech world with VC investments totaling $46 M since its founding in 2013.  This international team certainly has a unique way of creating value for their community from San Francisco to Tel Aviv.  Pitaya had a great time chatting with Maya Wolkoon, HoneyBook’s Tel Aviv GM, on all things culture and employee development. Maya, What gives you inspiration for your workday? We are builders. Everyone here is building our product, while also building the company. It takes people with an entrepreneurial spirit, and those people are so fun …

Culture Spotlight: Talia from WalkMe

Pitaya sat down with Talia Komorov from WalkMe, a growth-stage startup company that has catapulted into the global tech stratosphere.  WalkMe, a Digital Adoption Platform that simplifies user experience and drives user action using insights, engagement and guidance capabilities, has raised $92.5M since 2011, and they have a unique mix of big-company comfort, with an agile startup feel.  This company represents the type of passionate people investment we love, and we’re sharing insights from Talia- passionate people person, at the company’s Tel Aviv office. Name: Talia Komorov Current Position & Company: Employer Branding Manager Where do you live & work? The best city on earth- Tel Aviv What’s the best thing about working at WalkMe?  For starters, the fact that we’re not corporate 🙂 The most important thing to mention here is the talent we hire. We actually surveyed our employees on overall engagement and happiness and the feedback from nearly everyone was that the best thing about working at WalkMe is the people they work with and the startup culture we have been successful at maintaining. Additionally, we pride ourselves …

In Building a Company or a Marriage — Perks Just Don’t Cut It

Just as life-partners need to weather the storms that often arise in marriages in order to achieve effective connection and great quality of life, companies need to do the same. Not only do we need to survive the shit storms, but also come out thriving on the other end. In March 2016, my company, Pitaya conducted a market satisfaction survey for tech employees in Tel Aviv. Of hundreds of respondents, 70% had worked in their companies for less than 2 years. Despite being new employees, subjects reported a surprisingly high level of company loyalty, and comfort being honest with their direct managers and/or direct reports. When you pop the hood and peek into the day-to-day of a terrible company to work for, or an absolutely fantastic company to work for, it all boils down to a subjective reflection of the experience. It’s no accident when people feel connected to the mission of their company, proud of their employer, and driven to help their company succeed their lofty goals. Out of the data we collected, two …

Four lunch hacks to make you healthier and happier at work

  The average adult spends the majority of their wakeful hours at their desk.  In fact, as cited by Zuboff and Maxmin in their book, The Support Economy¸ it seems that the percentage of the population working above 49 hours a week has grown nearly 40% in the past 4 decades. That’s about a 10% increase per decade! It comes as no surprise, then, that the most optimal place for re-strategizing our nutritional notions should be focused at the place where we spend most of our time –our offices. We invest so much thought into preparing a well-planned lunchbox for our children (Actually, parents cite this as one of their top child-rearing worries)! Why shouldn’t we invest the same care and precaution in our own lunching habits? This is a call to action for your wellbeing – empower yourself by packing your own lunch, and start reveling in the time you spend eating it among fellow co-workers! Here’s a list of reasons why well-planned lunch breaks are essential to your wellbeing: Lunch is a time …

The Magic Behind the Virgin Way

I recently returned from a holiday with my husband in which I practically ate books alongside my daily dose of pad Thai.  My thirst for stories and lessons of remarkable CEO’s and marketing leaders was unquenchable. One of the first books I finished was Richard Branson’s The Virgin Way, in which he extols the virtues of successful companies, taking care of his people, launching new ventures, and staying true to his crazy self despite the critics. I took many lessons from Branson’s vast experience building and shifting the Virgin enterprise, but one of the stand-out messages was his commitment to a double bottom line. He introduces the “B team” , a group of CEO’s committed to people, profit, and planet without pushing one at the expense of the other pillars. The purely profitable plan A, as Branson notes, doesn’t cut it anymore. As leaders of business and burgeoning managers, this commitment to a new goal should be the new standard. At Pitaya, we support our community in building your career and investing in yourself as a …