Over these 2,5 years I have tried and experimented with several technologies and tools in order to make the team’s life easier and sometimes these efforts have failed. Knowing that I have a manger that trusts me enough by allowing me to use company time to try things that are not guaranteed to have a direct monetary impact over time, boosted my confidence a lot and reduced work stress. I know, it’s called “research” and it is a normal operation in every company, but you don’t see people my age doing it.
A few days ago my manger Michiel (and creator of phpList) shared with me a blogpost he had created around a programming topic and while I was browsing his blog I end up at the About page. There I read this:
Screenshot from Michiel’s blog
My manger works full-time for another company and managing to find a workflow that suits everyone is one of the things that I am so proud that everyone who has ever been involved with phpList managed to establish. Not being physically at the same office, but instead being based across different timezones can be quite frustrating, especially for quick questions require confirmation from a team member. But, at phpList we have managed to overcome this. This contributes to creating a healthier work environment I mentioned above. By “this” I mean listening and tolerating the team/ company members’ needs and ambitions.
Over the course of 2,5 years I had the chance to meet and work with some very smart and talented people and what phpList is today is a result of their hard work.
PS: no, I am not leaving the company and this is not a farewell blogpost. 😛 I simply wanted to share that communicating effectively with your co-workers/ team members can lift a lot of pressure off their shoulders and make things work for the best for everyone.