Working Together at Pixel Dreams

How to be Thoughtful & Inclusive to the New Kids

When we welcome new friends, guests, and comrades, we hope their time with us is rewarding on both a personal and professional level. We want it to be more than just a job. In order to achieve this, Pixel Dreams emphasizes the OG team members’ duty to serve.

Workplace culture is not static.

Culture is a funny thing. You can design it, or you can let it mutate based on whatever forces exist inside and outside. Culture is not static, or it becomes stagnant. It is not something you wireframe in a cave and expect to grow smoothly. It is a metaphysical living force that needs constant attention. This is especially important to be aware of as a tribe grows.

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It is natural for humans to create cliques and micro-groups. Eventually, these divide us and can lead to prejudices and animosity. Growth is welcome, but not at the expense of what makes us special. And not at the expense of what we envisioned over 15 years ago — that is, an organization based on servant leadership, kindness, courtesy, and comradery.

Those who’ve been working at Pixel Dreams for a while have the greatest responsibility to uphold and continue to nurture the culture.

How do we nurture?

By thinking and behaving more inclusively. For example, are you in a small group telling jokes that only a few people understand? Think about how this might alienate others. 

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This is a natural tendency of unconscious humans, not of those who are courteous and self-aware. Remember to extend a hand. Go out of your way to learn about new friends. New people shouldn’t be expected to make the first, second, and third move to get to know the pre-existing group. The longer you’ve been here, the greater your duty to extend yourself.

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Part of nurturing a great culture is becoming more sensitive and aware of how running jokes, shared lingo, and general attitudes may come off to a new person. No, we’re not advocating being PC or changing who you are, but we will encourage you to be additionally courteous and polite. Shine the best parts of you, the parts we’ve fallen in love with.

Not only will an inclusive workplace culture motivate your team and push the boundaries of what you achieve collectively at work, the numbers are there to prove how that boosts your business’s performance and growth. Inclusive workplaces are 6 times more likely to be innovative. In turn, inclusive workplaces have 2.3 times higher cash flow per employee.

So how do you create an inclusive workplace culture?

Building a thoughtful and inclusive workplace culture is an ongoing, never-ending process. Here are some tips to get started :

  1. Educate your leaders.
  2. Recognize bias.
  3. Foster a collaborative environment.
  4. Celebrate employee differences.
  5. Listen to employees.
  6. Host regular check-ins with your team.
  7. Commit to providing learning and development opportunities.

You already know what to do.

We’re aware that what we’re saying is not new to you. You already know this. You’re already the best crew a captain could wish for. All this is just a reminder.

Remember, culture eats strategy for breakfast. At PD, our greatest strategy is our culture.

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Darnell Toth
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