As soon as we entered, the story began.
Music was bumping, laughter was flowing, and everyone was standing to welcomes us.
(I half-expected a moose to appear from around the corner.)
“Beer?” they asked.
“Sure!” I said.
All the various members of the team were introduced, their roles explained. The commotion died down and we retired to a central meeting room (couch, tv, etc.) to begin the super-serious “interview” process on what their office culture was like.
I’d say Quietly already gave us a pretty good idea.
Quietly provides custom content marketing solutions for brands looking to excel in the world of online information.
As such, storytelling is their forté.
They admitted that they wanted to make a memorable first impression when we arrived, and so made sure to amplify certain elements of their atmosphere.
Both literally and metaphorically, that is.
In a way this defines their office culture. They first began in a shared space with Invoke Media, but after 6 months decided to move to the heart of Gastown in order to establish their own unique identity. They expanded quickly thereafter, and now have a tightly-knit team of 16 members.
Work from home is encouraged.
(Most of the team rotates between Tuesdays and Thursdays.)
While this is perk necessary due to their small office space, it also results in a uniquely productive atmosphere for a company that’s heavily reliant on creative minds. It gives them the room they need to get stuff done.
In fact, productivity is a major component of their culture.
Quietly has consciously constructed a results-oriented environment: stand-ups every Monday, Wednesday and Friday ensure that checkpoints remain top of mind, while also preventing each individual from falling into a silo with their blinders on.
They’ve implemented a routine of continual desk shuffling too, which takes place every couple months, in order to keep these creative doldrums at bay.
Location plays a major role in the company’s identity - which is why they’ve gone to such lengths to remain in their office space. This mindset has led them to take on multiple community outreach initiatives.
For example, they helped with the shore cleanup of Second Beach and lent their hands to the construction of a new community park as well.
As you can tell, culture is a major component of Quietly - it’s what defines them.
Their work environment has been carefully constructed and upheld so as to harbour productivity but yet nourish individual creativity.
As a company that tells stories, they know the importance of details.
And they’ve certainly paid attention to them.
Big thanks to Arch and Dario for letting us check out their office space!
Startups like you make RESAAS proud to be one as well.