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Friday Snippet: Why Does Fnality Have the Best Workplace Culture?

Fnality’s ways of working, based on the agile methodology, mean that we are constantly iterating, feeding back and learning. For our team members, in a practical sense that means that we encourage open and honest feedback, and encourage everyone to develop not just themselves, but also others; introspect and be empowered to make suggestions based on your findings. One way we do this is through our fortnightly sprint retrospectives, where, as part of a cross-functional team, we each discuss what went well and what could have gone better in the previous two-week sprint. This can range from talking about a piece of work not going according to plan, deadlines not being reached, morale being...

Forming Relationships Online

Since the pandemic began you would have read several articles on how our personal and work lives have changed and adapted as we’ve moved online. Instead of face-to-face interaction we have been accustomed to using collaboration tools such as Zoom, Slack and WebEx.

Confessions of a Reformed Specialist

It’s been a while since a former British Lord Chancellor declared “I think the people of this country have had enough of experts”, striking a populist note in the lead up to the UK’s Brexit referendum.  In Watching the English, an entertaining book recommended to me when I first immigrated to this country, anthropologist Kate Fox writes about the English having “vestigial traces of a ‘culture of amateurism’, involving an instinctive mistrust of professionalism”.  Others have argued about the superiority of generalists in a highly specialised world.1   

Friday Snippet: Giulia’s experience of working remotely

Remote working has always been available to all Fnality’s employees, nevertheless, going to the office every day was still the “norm”.

Covid-19 has caught us all unprepared, but we’ve quickly learnt to stretch the boundaries of remote collaboration through our new Remote First ways of working. 

Overall, we have discovered that we are still able to perform & deliver – actually we have performed better than ever! The Fnality community that we had built, was still able to flourish despite the distance and this led us to feel more committed & close to each other. We’ve turned our daily interactions into virtual coffees, buddy catch-ups, end-of-the-week quizzes & games, mental health and...

Career Progression in the Agile Age

There is no doubt that more and more material is published every day which reassures us that if our careers are not quite following the linear route we expected, this is OK. In many cases not just OK, but that such a ‘squiggly’ career is actually full of advantages (see The Squiggly Career by Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis). Industries are changing far quicker than in the past, so the norms that applied to those starting out 30 years ago just aren’t applicable today. Those who stay at one company for the duration of their career are no longer held in high esteem and are more often than not viewed with incredulity. So, with this rate of change in industry, technology, and the age of instant...

Mental Health at Fnality

Mental Health Awareness Month

At Fnality, we fully recognise that employees are our most important assets and good mental health is an important asset in its own right. We were fortunate to have an Agile work practice which allowed the company to respond effectively to the shock of the lockdown restrictions that were introduced at the beginning of the pandemic. Fnality did not view the transition to remote working as a challenge, but instead an opportunity to evolve the company into a more cohesive and outcomes-focused workplace. From the outset, there was a strong emphasis placed on the mental health and wellbeing of our employee’s during the transition period. 

Remote First & the Fnality Ways of Working: Part 1

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