Happiness Matters: How A Software Company Prioritizes Culture

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Happiness Matters: How A Software Company Prioritizes Culture

by Julie Fahnestock
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(3BL Media and Justmeans)- An open vacation policy. Frisbee on the beach. Bowling outings. Volunteer days. Time to develop personal goals. And, oh yeah.  $500 a year to spend on professional development. No, this is not a piece about working for Google or Pixar. It’s a piece about intentional culture at Exygy, a 10-person, software design and build company based in San Francisco. One of Exygy’s software engineers, Justin Carboneau, deemed himself the ‘Chief Happiness Engineer.’ Of course, he is also a computer and technology wiz, as are the rest of his colleagues at Exygy. They have designed and built unique websites for clients like Google.org, the Skoll Foundation and Zendesk. But they are more than talented website designers. Justin and the team at Exygy are committed to shared value, personal growth and happiness.

I contacted Exygy because I wanted to learn how a small, software design company operates as a Benefit Corporation. Exygy became a certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp) in 2012, but they have been operating like a B Corp long before they became one, since they opened their doors in 2007. Their commitment to employee happiness ranks them in the top 10% for Workers in the 2012 B Lab report. And, this is because they know that happiness matters.

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Julie Fahnestock - Julie is passionate about telling the story of where business meets good. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is currently pursuing her MBA in Managing for Sustainability at Marlboro Graduate School in Vermont. She has a background in international development and grassroots organizing and is passionate about equitable wages, labor rights and the global income disparity. If you can't find Julie, don't worry. Grab your board and head south on A1A. She's probably surfing somewhere along Florida's coast.

 

Keywords: Diversity & Inclusion | Exygy | Justmeans | Software | benefit corporation | company culture | employee | happiness

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