Your guide to becoming a Happiness Engineer

Welcome to the Happiness Engineer blog! Chances are you’re here for a specific reason… you’re interested in joining us as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. This post was written by a group of WordPress.com Happiness Engineers on a team called Sparta. We were really inspired by this post our brilliant colleague Sandy made four years ago on how to become a Happiness Engineer. Since our … Continue reading Your guide to becoming a Happiness Engineer

3 Tips to make the most of your Happiness Engineer Trial

The Happiness Engineer trial is not easy, particularly if you’re already employed full-time or have other responsibilities to balance. The trial is intense, and there will almost certainly come a time when you’ll feel that it’s just too much. It’s been more than two years since my trial, but I still vividly remember sitting in front of my computer giving myself a pep talk before … Continue reading 3 Tips to make the most of your Happiness Engineer Trial

Learning from unhappy customers

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates At Automattic, we aim to offer world-class support. We want to be known for offering the best experience to our customers. Internally, Happiness Engineers encourage each other to “engineer the happiness” of our customers. This isn’t always easy — sometimes people reach out to us when they’re struggling with their site, their … Continue reading Learning from unhappy customers

Five standout skills to be a successful Happiness Engineer

Happiness Engineers love helping people use Automattic’s products like WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, and more. While the desire to help others is important, Happiness Engineers must have other skills to successfully help customers in live chat and by email. With that in mind, here are my recommendations for those wanting to improve their skills as new or aspiring Happiness Engineers. These tips are from my personal … Continue reading Five standout skills to be a successful Happiness Engineer

My Schedule as a Happiness Engineer

Every Happiness Engineer has a different type of day, schedule, tasks, etc. That’s one benefit I love so much about my position… I work when it is best for me and my family! The flexibility is very important to me, as it is lots of people. Personally I choose to work most weekends and take weekdays off. We are homeschooling our kids this year, so … Continue reading My Schedule as a Happiness Engineer

Meet a Happiness Engineer: Erica

Erica Kuschel is a Happiness Engineer supporting customers using WooCommerce to manage their online stores. She is also team lead for one of the WooCommerce support teams at Automattic. One of the most appealing aspects of the Happiness Engineer role is the flexibility provided while working remotely. Maintaining a work-life balance is a plus for this former travel blogger. When more wide-spread travel is possible, … Continue reading Meet a Happiness Engineer: Erica

Communicating effectively with a remote team on video

Part of working with a distributed team, like the one at Automattic, includes communicating with co-workers on video calls.  Even though most of our communication is asynchronous and my teammates are in different countries, I can still see and hear them thanks to video conferencing.  Once a week I have a meeting with other members of my team using the Zoom video conferencing app. I … Continue reading Communicating effectively with a remote team on video

Engineering Happiness For a Different Product

I joined Automattic in 2017 as a WordPress.com Happiness Engineer. After two and a half years, I decided to apply for the WooCommerce rotation. For several months I stopped working in WordPress.com support to learn all about the WooCommerce product and how to support those customers. Rotations are encouraged by Automattic as a great way to widen our skills, get out of our comfort zone, … Continue reading Engineering Happiness For a Different Product

Increasing Our Happiness with Cats and Dogs in the Office

Working from home doesn’t have to be lonely. In fact, many Automatticians have pets to keep them company during the work day. Supporting customers gets a little easier when you have furry companions like these to make you smile during the most unexpected moments. This month we invited our Happiness Engineers to share how having pets around improves their work day. “Mostly my pets ignore … Continue reading Increasing Our Happiness with Cats and Dogs in the Office

How to make customers happy

Our very own Happiness Engineer, Davor Altman, was recently interviewed by bluegrid.io about customer happiness. How do Happiness Engineers at Automattic approach customer service and make customers as happy as possible? It comes down to one indispensable word – empathy. I believe that being able to put yourself into the customer’s shoes and feel how they feel is the most important thing to have if … Continue reading How to make customers happy