Engineering Happiness as a parent

We often hear about the benefits of remote/distributed work as being able to travel the world and work from anywhere with an internet connection. Something I feel that needs prominence would be how this can help when you have a “caretaker” type role – for me, this is as a parent, but it isn’t limited to just that. My journey to working at Automattic accelerated due to … Continue reading Engineering Happiness as a parent

Unusual schedules as a Happiness Engineer

Having flexibility in your job is awesome, but with flexibility comes responsibility. Not only in the work itself but also in our daily lives, having a balance between your personal and work activities. Working at home implies there is no physical boundary between your work and personal life. In an office, you might be able to leave work behind when you exit the office, but … Continue reading Unusual schedules as a Happiness Engineer

Meet a Happiness Engineer: Hari Shanker

Hari Shanker is a Happiness Engineer from India who’s helping WooCommerce customers build incredible stores. He’s 100% engaged with the local WordPress community in Cochin, and brings all of his passion and empathy to the rest of the world as well. He loves the equal opportunity available at Automattic. No matter the language you speak or the color of your skin you can make a … Continue reading Meet a Happiness Engineer: Hari Shanker

Working as a nomad

Nomad, remote worker, digital nomad, location independent – there are many different terms for it nowadays! Whatever you want to call it, it’s the lifestyle I lead and I am lucky enough that as a Happiness Engineer with Automattic I’m able to work from anywhere! Over the past 4 years, I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to 33 different countries – I started out traveling as … Continue reading Working as a nomad

Happiness Around the World

We believe in support as a career at Automattic, and only hire for the role as a full-time position. The work of engineering happiness spans weekdays, weekends, and holidays. Our users all over the world have questions at all times of day (and night!) and they like getting answers right away! How do we make it work, and still maintain our culture of flexibility and … Continue reading Happiness Around the World

A work schedule of flexible predictability

Working remotely at Automattic means you set your own schedule. This does not mean you can decide on a whim when to work and when not to work (sorry, mom). Instead, you have full authority to choose your working hours, as long as you do so with at least 2 weeks notice. This allows us to offer consistent live chat coverage, while still keeping a … Continue reading A work schedule of flexible predictability

So You Want to be a Happiness Engineer, Huh?

As I’ve been vocal with my friends, family, and anyone who would listen about my career at Automattic I ended up having a lot of people asking me about what it takes to be a Happiness Engineer and if it is something they could do. Most of the time I would give them a quick description and could usually tell by their reaction if they … Continue reading So You Want to be a Happiness Engineer, Huh?