The #CultureFirst series is a chance to showcase the team here at Culture Amp. We asked everyone a few questions which will give you an opportunity to get to know each of us a bit better.
Chloe Hamman -- Strategist, Data & Insights - Melbourne
Chloe has a background in organizational psychology and psychometrics, with insider experience leading culture transformation and engagement programs. She loves hula hoops and other extreme sports.
Culture Amp: What can you do as a CAmper that you haven’t been able to do elsewhere?
Chloe Hamman: My internal user, external facilitator CAmper role is so fascinating. Almost life imitating art...I also get the chance to do things differently and in many instances fix some slightly broken ways in which companies go about gathering and acting on feedback. I get to help create things that previously were done one to one in my days of consulting, yet we now scale to 500 (and growing) using a team of around 60!
CA: Best day you’ve ever had at work, here or anywhere else?
CH: I keep thinking about a single moment last year actually when I had the chance to visit our New York office. I hired a city bike to get around and it was on the first morning - as I was biking in my jandals (or sandals for non-Kiwis), underneath the Brooklyn bridge with the buzz of New Yorkers going past, about to meet Corey and Natalie that I thought - this is one amazing job that it's brought me right here to be doing this. That was it.
CA: What do you geek out about outside of work?
CH: Wellness - mostly nutrition, especially the gut-brain connection stuff at the moment. Also anything ocean related. Give me a chance to be in or on the water and I'll take it.
CA: What is something about you not many people know?
CH: I'm a qualified personal trainer. (Never used it though!) I once worked as a cook in Alaska and if you spell a word out to me I probably won't be able to decipher it.
CA: What’s on your playlist this week?
CH: Safia and Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2015. (Since I missed it on Australia Day.)
CA: Where would you go on an all expense paid trip tomorrow?
CH: Madagascar or the Antarctic. I've always wanted to go to both yet the logistics of getting to them are ridiculous. The Antarctic will also mean I've been to every continent which is a bonus.
CA: What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
CH: It was from my grandmother - "Take the time to greet kindly" and "always make people feel welcome." I've tried to remember this as I've gone through school when new kids joined, right through to social events and work of course. And as someone who has moved around a fair bit, I've really appreciated this in other people.
CA: What does Culture First mean to you?
CH: Culture First to me is genuinely understanding that when people are at work, they’re still people. Everyone has friends or family they spend time with, enjoys hobbies, sleeps in a bed, eats breakfast, has sad and happy moments… you know, experiences normal people stuff. Culture First is creating a "place" where these people want to be and will thrive; and then not letting this place slide down the priority list as other things come up. I think it's also about not giving into pressure to have the perfect culture. It doesn’t exist. Every culture, like people, has it's rough edges and that’s what makes them interesting.
CA: Have you always been a People Geek?
CH: I started studying psychology when I was 18 (after dropping out of marine biology), so I guess that makes me a certified people geek for some time. It wasn’t until I had worked for a few years though that I realized how much I loved understanding organizational dynamics and became fascinated/obsessed with this thing called culture.
CA: What are some of the challenges of being at Culture Amp / being part of a fast growing startup?
CH: The most exciting part is not knowing what’s around the corner. The most challenging part is trusting yourself that you have what it takes to get around the corner.