How I Work: A Happiness Engineer Team Lead

Working from home is a huge perk, and also a unique challenge. Being mindful and deliberate about how you structure your day and your workspace is essential for your well-being and your productivity at work. The team leads at WordPress.com Happiness decided to share with each other how we work as we each have our own unique processes, and can no doubt learn from each … Continue reading How I Work: A Happiness Engineer Team Lead

Hand reaching out to help a woman climb a ladder, symbolic of how trial buddies help HE candidates.

Trial Buddies: How We Support Our Happiness Engineer Trials

I will never pass up an opportunity to help out a colleague, and I’ll remember the days before I knew everything. — The Automattic Creed If you’re reading this post, perhaps you just submitted your application to become a Happiness Engineer at Automattic — or maybe you’ve just received word that you’ve been accepted into the trial! If you’re not familiar with the trial, it’s … Continue reading Trial Buddies: How We Support Our Happiness Engineer Trials

Team Meetups — How We Create Productive Face-To-Face Time

In a traditional office, you’re in the same place 48 weeks out of the year, and you might have 3 or 4 weeks where you’re not together. We try to flip that. So we come together in short intense bursts. The primary goal is connecting people. We want to make sure everyone is aligned and on the same page, and that they have a deeper … Continue reading Team Meetups — How We Create Productive Face-To-Face Time

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 an Enterprise Happiness Engineer: Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith is an Enterprise Happiness Engineer with WordPress.com VIP. She delivers content solutions to some of the biggest names in media, marketing, and enterprise. Shannon has over 15 years experience in open source web development. She is a long-time supporter of diversity, accessibility, and internationalization, and was a WordPress Montreal community organizer for seven years. Shannon is also a hiker, poet, and mum of … Continue reading Meet an Enterprise Happiness Engineer: Shannon Smith