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“To create a fantastic work culture, respect personal time” with Andrew Paradise and Chaya Weiner

Respect personal time. We believe in working hard between Monday and Friday, but we have a hard stop at 5pm every Friday. Unless we encounter a rare crisis, our employees are not bothered on the weekends and are not expected to respond to messages outside of normal work hours.

  1. Set clear goals and expectations when an employee starts or whenever a new project begins. Everyone should be on the same page from the beginning to prevent any discrepancies down the line. At Skillz, we pride ourselves on our extensive planning and have meetings every quarter where each department presents the work they’ve done over the past three months before reviewing their plans for the next quarter.
  2. Empower employees by recognizing their hard work. Throughout the week we encourage our employees to give shoutouts to one another and every Monday these accolades are read to the entire company. This peer-to-peer recognition has been incredibly beneficial in helping every employee feel seen and appreciated.
  3. Respect personal time. We believe in working hard between Monday and Friday, but we have a hard stop at 5pm every Friday. Unless we encounter a rare crisis, our employees are not bothered on the weekends and are not expected to respond to messages outside of normal work hours.
  4. Create opportunities for socializing outside of work. On Thursdays, we put on company-wide game nights where we turn on music, play board games, enjoy pizza and beer, and try out the latest and greatest gaming technology. We also host an annual summer BBQ, a three-day offsite trip, and have half-day Fridays in August. Our employees work hard and it’s important that everyone gets to have leisure time too.
  5. Celebrate milestones together. It’s important to take the time to cherish each milestone or accomplishment the team reaches. One example is when we reached a new revenue record, we celebrate with a champagne/sparkling apple cider toast.

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