You may have noticed a few small changes recently in LeanKit, namely the font and color. These changes are just a couple of examples of the many small changes we will be making as we update our UI to a new, fresh look. Our goal is to maintain the same ease of use that exists in LeanKit today, while implementing design changes to ensure consistent and effortless experience across all devices and browsers.
More than 130 LeanKit employees from across the country (and even some from across the pond!) gathered at HQ in Franklin, Tenn., last week for a time of learning, collaborating and planning for what lies ahead. As a nod to our Kanban roots, we've named these weeks "pull planning" sessions, which serve as a time to reflect on our progress and align on what work we'll pull next.
About one third of our employees work remotely, so we all cherished this week as a rare opportunity to have the whole company together.
Our mantra at LeanKit is "You don't need permission to be awesome." We'd like to think this phrase extends from the workplace into our personal lives, and more specifically, to our personal style. Walk into our office on any given day, and you will see the many T-shirts of LeanKit.
I think Matthew McConaughey said it best in his recent Oscar acceptance speech: “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.” Award shows beg these types of statements, but our hectic day-to-day schedules often cause us to forget to say “thank you.”
Today’s cultural standard is to work harder, faster and longer. With the advancement of mobile technology, accessibility and a swift response time aren't only expected, they're often required. While companies might be reporting higher productivity rates, a recent Gallup poll shows that 65% of participants felt under-appreciated at work and disconnected from their co-workers.
It turns out that “thank you” goes a long way. Gratitude not only fuels the soul, it also contributes to a company’s bottom line by decreasing turnover (workers who feel appreciated are less likely to be actively searching for a job) and increasing productivity (happy workers are productive workers). Studies have also shown that people are more likely to repeat behavior that is rewarded and appreciated.