Open Vacation Policy? Does that mean Unlimited Vacation?

The company I work for, Automattic, has an open vacation policy. What does an “open vacation policy” even mean? Before I started at Automattic, I had no idea what to expect. I had heard about how some open vacation policies end up with employees taking very little vacation time out of peer pressure. My friends thought…

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A Remote Company Retreat with Buffer

I wrote the following post last year when I was tagging along on Buffer’s Remote Retreat in Madrid, Spain with my sister. It was an amazing experience getting to see another remote company so up close. Enjoy! It is completely insane to me, that I’m writing this while sitting in Madrid, Spain tagging along on…

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Automattic’s 2017 Grand Meetup in Whistler

Automattic had their 2017 Grand Meetup in Whistler back in September (if you’re not sure what a Grand Meetup is Read this). This will be my third GM (it’s crazy to me how time flies), and Automattic’s biggest one yet as we’re now at over 600 employees. I feel like this year’s Grand Meetup was just…

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WordCamp Orange County Presentation: How to get Started with your Business Website

WordCamp Orange County has a special place in my heart. It was the first WordCamp I ever went to. It was the first WordCamp I ever volunteered at. It was the first place I ever heard of Automattic. So I knew I wanted it to be the first WordCamp I ever spoke at. A few…

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So You Want to be a Happiness Engineer, Huh?

Originally posted on Sandy McFadden:
Since joining Automattic (and to the annoyance of some people, I’m sure) I tend to go on about how much I enjoy my job and the company itself. I’ve often been asked what it takes and what you need to know to get the job. Especially since I called people…

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Celebrating 2 years at Automattic

Today is a really cool day because it marks my 2 year anniversary at Automattic. In many many ways… it still feels like I just started a few months ago. I still feel so new in that I’m always learning and have brilliant challenges ahead of me. In other ways, I feel like I’ve grown…

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Video Calls in Remote Work: Does hiding your own video make you more effective?

I was recently listening to this podcast called what Virtual CoWorking can teach virtual teams. One of the points that I found completely fascinating was that a small study was done, and showed that by hiding your own video on your display- makes you more effective/less distracted in video calls. If you’ve never done a video…

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An Inside peek into a Remote Team Meetup

My favorite days of remote working aren’t the days when I get to work by a pool, or even when I get to stay home all day working on my couch in my favorite sweatpants (as a really strong introvert, that’s saying a whole lot there). My absolute favorite days are when I’m on a…

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My favorite WordPress Swag items

I happen to wear a ton of WordPress swag, not only are they super comfortable- but useful as well! I always get asked about where I get these items from, so I figured it was time to write a blog post about it. Most people don’t know that you can purchase swag items directly from the…

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Best Coworking Spaces in Newport Beach & Irvine

Need a great place to cowork while you’re in Irvine or Newport Beach? Here is my inside guide to the best coworking spaces for Remote Work in Newport Beach, CA. If you’ve ever worked remotely or from a coffee shop you know it takes some time to find the best coworking spots in a city.…

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2016 Automattic Grand Meetup

I posted a ton of pictures of last year’s Grand Meetup here and posted my thoughts here. And just realized that I forgot to post them for the Grand Meetup we had back in October of 2016 (which was around 5 months ago). Wait, so what is a Grand Meetup? Automattic is a remote company, which means…

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The Lost Art of Post Cards

Whenever I’m on a trip, one of my favorite things to do is sit in a café and write a post card to some of my favorite people back home.  Post cards are such a lost art.  While sometimes they take weeks (or in Spain’s case, 5 months and counting) to arrive, to me they’re…

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