We’re not a fan of policies. That said, some policies are obviously needed, it's how societies and companies are able to function and not self-destruct too quickly. They help define what we consider fair as a company.
We have created some policies and processes here at Intempt over the last 3 years.
We were hesitant about sharing these because they are, and they should be, forever in evolution. That said, we should share both to inspire and to get your ideas on what we could do better, so here we go.
Intempt is a Learning Organization
The problem is that "being good" is not good enough. Each of us has a yearning to keep learning new things all the time, to get better. We're all passionate about it, but we realized that with the day-to-day routine, we rarely had time to dedicate to learning new things.
The first thing we decided was that we should encourage everyone to set some time aside each week for learning (roughly 5 hours a week).
You don't have to do it each week, you can manage it whichever way you'd like. Each person can choose to pick work-related topics. Expenses for learning topics related to a person's job can be reimbursed, so we set aside a budget of $1000/year per person. There's no prorating and no rollovers, use it or lose it.
If we get a case, that is over $1000 but there is clear benefit, we’ll approve it (since there are many folks that won’t spend their allocation).
These expenses can be books, classes, or travel, accommodation and fees for attending conferences. Sometimes it is really not a fancy conference that does the trick but a small group meeting with like minded folks!
To make sure we take this seriously, we also added these questions to the ones we always go through in our 1-1 meetings:
- Are you on track with your professional development?
- Are you learning enough (on the job or in PD time)?
- Think long term: are you working on what you want to get better at, or should we change something?