This is the first of many blog posts that I will do in the future.
I have been a studio staffer since I started working for Studio at the age of 16 and have been there for nearly a decade. I am quite proud of the fact that, since I’ve been there, we’ve managed to completely change the way studios work. We’ve also introduced a new way of hiring staff in that hiring practices are now based on how talented we think the person can be.
I have been with Studio since early 2013, when we decided to take a different approach to hiring, based on our assessment of each one of the studio’s staff. To me, that means that if we think the right person can fit into a position, they are hired.
We have introduced a new hiring practice. Instead of requiring an interview, we simply ask people who are available to work in our studio to come up and complete an interview, with a few other studio employees present. When a staff member arrives, they are given a number of tasks to do, and they also get to see the studio in action. It makes me feel less like I am working for someone I don’t know, and more like I am working for a company I like.
The studio has some nice features that are designed to help the studio manager keep track of staff members. They have a “who is here today” list, which allows staff to easily show up for work and have an updated list of who they are working with by the end of the day. When people are hired they can also see when they have any staff meetings with the manager, and they can also check their emails and see when they are being watched. It’s a nice idea.
It’s not perfect, but I can understand the reasoning behind it. If you’re someone who hates having to write a lot of memos, having everything in a centralized location makes it easier to organize. And if you’re the manager, then you can send emails to the whole staff. On the other hand, if you’re a designer, you might not want to have all of your designers spread out all over the internet.
I have a manager who used to be a designer, and I have a design manager who is a designer. I don’t want to be the only one getting emails from people who haven’t emailed me in months. But I’m sure that is exactly what it is.
This is more of a design issue, and then the issue is not so much the email system, but who gets to email me in the first place. I think the solution is to use a centralized email system, but that would also require you to have your team spread out all over the world. I don’t know why this is such a big issue.
People are so busy not being able to get an email, or get back in touch quickly enough, that they don’t even realize how much time they are wasting. A centralized email system would also need to be able to handle mass email, meaning that you could have your design team all in one place, but then the design team would have to wait 10 minutes for an email to go out, or get delayed by a long line of emails.
It’s a good thing that your design team can all be clustered together, but if you can’t send email, or have to wait 10 minutes for an email to go out, you are wasting your time. Also that 10 minutes could be used for things like a nap, a shower, or just to read through a long email.