September 5, 2019

Smartcar’s company culture: How we’re creating a balanced work environment 🙏

Jackie Leary

People & Operations Associate

Every workplace is different. Each company has their very own history, organizational structure, values, and culture. While a company’s leaders are responsible for ensuring certain core values, all team members contribute their own perspectives and experiences, creating a unique company culture.

Job applicants often ask us what Smartcar’s company values are and what our company culture looks like. This blog post series will provide you some insight, guided by our core values: balance, purpose, empowerment, and respect.

Are you wondering how we achieve work-life balance and how we promote a happy, healthy work environment? Then this “balance” blog post is for you - just keep on reading!

Balance at Smartcar

Work-life balance 🌴

There is a common misconception that people at startups are overworked and burnt-out. That’s just not the case at Smartcar. Having a healthy work-life balance is super important to us. Our flexible PTO policy allows everyone to take the time they need to recharge, explore the world, and see their families. We’ve gone to some pretty cool places recently. Have a look!

Health & fitness 🚴‍♀️

We want everyone at Smartcar to be and stay healthy. This is why we offer a variety of health, dental, and vision plans for team members to choose from. In our free time, you will find many of us exercising, playing sports, and enjoying the outdoors. Sometimes, we spontaneously sign up for boxing classes or go on group hikes together.

Happiness 😄

A healthy employee is a happy employee. At our office, we’ve created a space where our team can be comfortable, productive, and creative. Our flexible office furniture ranges from standing tables to couches and from quiet areas to patio seating. There’s simply no room for monotony at Smartcar! In case you get hungry, we offer a pantry full of healthy snacks, a fridge full of La Croix, plenty of coffee, and (of course) free catered lunches!

Dog-friendly office 🐶

Dogs are part of the Smartcar family. Every Thursday and Friday are take-your-dog-to-work days at our office. We encourage games of fetch and walks outside, helping dogs and team members alike to get a break from the day-to-day. Our office dogs are even invited to company offsites!

Team building 🙌

Every quarter, Smartcar organizes team bonding activities that allow everyone to get out of the office, have fun, and get to know each other better. We believe that regular company offsites foster trust and communication between colleagues. We really find that it works, and also, it’s just a lot of fun.

This is how we create a balanced company culture at Smartcar. Stay tuned for further blog posts about our three other company values, and feel free to reach out to our People & Operations team with any questions. We’d love to chat!

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