We talk a lot (I hope not too much) about how Ripplers love working in a results-only work environment. We really do. But there’s still a number of people I know who just can’t wrap their heads around the concept; let alone understand why I’d choose to write a blog post at 9PM on a Saturday night. Truth is, the ROWE experience is different for every individual. That’s the point. Focussing solely on results and not a timecard allows people the freedom to have a real, satisfying work/life balance.
As a content creator working for a b2b IT service provider, my schedule is a bit more flexible than say one of the guys on the Support Team. It’s their job to solve problems for our clients, most of which maintain a 9-5 schedule. So, Support tends to work those hours, though they’re certainly able to do the things they need to anytime with some simple communication. And, like myself, they can do most of what they do from anywhere including the office, their home or a park bench (provided they have a long enough extension cord). continue reading
It’s an exciting and historic month for us Ripplers, and for Ripple as a company. As of last Monday, we are officially tentants of Atlanta Tech Village. We passed out some shirts during Free Lunch Friday to celebrate, and will be doing the same this week. Our buddies at DANGER printed these up super fast and they turned out great.
We’ll be sporting ‘Start IT Up’ shirts most Fridays, and handing them out to fellow members as we run into them. So, yeah. We’re stoked to be part of it all. If you’re an ATV’er and won’t be able to attend this week’s Free Lunch Friday, then come say “Hey” to the Ripple team in Suite 310 and grab a shirt. Don’t cost nothin’.
I will never forget logging on to the Ripple website for the first time when I was learning about them. I clicked on the Jobs tab and up comes this explanation of why they’re a ROWE. Huh? As I read about this foreign concept of Results-Only Work Environment, I thought “This has got to be too good to be true”. I am very happy to admit that I was wrong about that.
Here I am, months later, a very happy Rippler and ROWE employee.
However, I have to say ROWE takes some getting use to. I have been in sales and marketing for over 10 years. And when I look back over previous positions, the most common thread has been… don’t be late! As if somehow showing up at 8:36 instead of 8:30 will magically undo all the hard work and late hours I have put into my job. Not to mention the added stress of related things like driving in rush hour traffic, or going into the office sick because I couldn’t spare one of my 10 vacation/sick days.
Here’s a strange but true story:
Photo by Clayton Bozard
Why do we Ripplers love our Results-only Work Environment so much? Because it allows talented people, like Human Support Specialist Bryan Gibson, to follow their dreams while simultaneously holding down a day job. Bryan is a perfect example of someone who thrives in a ROWE company. He’s a working musician who works fulltime at Ripple. Something that would likely not be possible elsewhere.
Getting work done is all that matters in a ROWE, which allows Bryan to work from home, in a recording studio, or even when he goes out on tour. Speaking of… he’s currently out on tour with American Reggae artist and Jewish rapper Matisyahu. Yes, that’s an official Wikipedia description for those of you who don’t travel in Jewish Reggae/Rap circles. Bryan will be providing cello for a special acoustic tour that will take him as far west as Texas, and as far north as New York.
This week we’re presenting a new monthly blog feature, Ask a Rippler, which will give our clients and followers a chance to ask us about software, hardware, and anything else they might have questions about. Want to know what programs we use? Having trouble configuring your mobile device to sync with your workstation? Clueless about the cloud? It’s an open forum for whatever strikes your fancy. And while we can’t promise our blog response will be as fast as our support team, there will be a Rippler tasked with addressing the most common issues and questions each month. For this first installment, our marketing manager, Joshua Flail, talks about the programs he uses to create content for Ripple in order to engage an increasingly over-saturated audience.
Ask a Rippler: Joshua Flail, Marketing Coordinator
The questions I’m asked most often, besides what my job title indicates, are about the programs and apps I use to both create and manage the content for Ripple. There’s a bunch, so to save time I’ll just speak to the ones I use on a daily basis.
Tonight, one of our Ripplers will be spinning at Octane’s Grant Park location, beginning at 8pm. Catch Joshua Flail and other Atlanta DJs at what they call FREE SPIN, an all-vinyl record experience that takes place on the 3rd Friday of every month. If you’re a fan of funk, soul, and/or cocktails then this is the event for you! True to the name, there’s no cover to check out the event. But you will have to pay for your own drinks, so bring that wallet. We’ll be there, dancing and spilling our manhattans until the bartenders turn the lights up. Good times.
Last December, our boss, Mike Landman, introduced The Ripple Team to something he called a Dream Bond. After apologizing for the name, he handed out vouchers worth $500 to each Rippler and our significant others. In the past, our stocking stuffers have all been the latest tech innovations. But before we could boohoo about not receiving an iPad, Mike explained the significance of the name and why this gift was more than just a little loot to spend at the Apple Store. The Dream Bonds were intended as a way for us to visualize and work toward our life goals, both in and outside of Ripple.
At work, Ripplers are ass-kicking experts helping people with their IT problems. But outside the office, we’re musicians, parents, filmmakers, and more. Being in a ROWE company, we manage our own time, work where we want to, and are treated like adults. It’s a philosophy that requires us to communicate a lot with one another. So, we tend to know more about each other’s families, hobbies, and goals than the average coworker. And that’s without having to dig through any social networks. We know Curt spends a good amount of time at the gym, Alfredo can spin on his head, and Bryan Gibson is a killer cellist.