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

My Journey to Become a Happiness Engineer

I’m Victoria, a Happiness Engineer based in the North East of England in the UK. I’ve been working for Automattic since August 2020. When I first spotted the Happiness Engineer role, it was not open to applications, and it was to be a year until it finally did reopen… I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do, so I spent quite a bit … Continue reading My Journey to Become a Happiness Engineer

Can you transform customers into happy, loyal, passionate fans?

Do you have what it takes to join Automattic’s world-class customer support team? We get rave reviews like these: I can see now why everyone raves about your customer service. When fixing my mistake you were fast, courteous, and professional and didn’t make me feel like an idiot, even though the mistake I made was quite idiotic!I can’t say it enough: Thank you, thank you, … Continue reading Can you transform customers into happy, loyal, passionate fans?

Fostering Connections Through Virtual Meetups

2020 has been a year of challenges. But it’s also been a year for visionaries.  One of the highly valued perks of being an Automattician (A11N) is being able to travel, often somewhere fabulous, with your teammates for an annual in-person team meetup.  In light of the current state of world health, these oft looked forward to gatherings haven’t been possible.  As a diverse and … Continue reading Fostering Connections Through Virtual Meetups

How to Avoid Burning Out When Working from Home

I’m an advocate for remote work. For the better part of my life, I’ve worked from home as a freelance technical writer. I’ve always hated regularly going to an office, and only did it when I had to. I’ve been fully remote for the last five years since joining Automattic, where everyone works from wherever they like. And I’ve been preaching that “every company that … Continue reading How to Avoid Burning Out When Working from Home