We believe in generosity at work. The research shows (and our experience bears out) that when we are helpful to others at work, our job satisfaction, health, sense of wellbeing, work product, work environment, and even business results all improve.
We believe you do not have to sacrifice an effective, efficient workforce for a kind one; that our collaboration and interdependence strengthens impact, profitability, and results.
We believe in asking for help when we need it. We believe that asking for help is not a sign of weakness or lack of knowledge, that it is a sign of strength. We believe that when we need help, ask for it, and get it with no strings attached, everyone involved in the exchange is better for it, because it shows a commitment to putting the project or company ahead of our own egos.
We believe that high-quality relationships make work more meaningful, and that one of the key ways to build better, stronger relationships is to build and sustain a culture of productive generosity, where asking for and offering help is easy, encouraged, and common.
We believe everyone should have equal access to the collective intelligence, knowledge, experience, and expertise of their peers and leaders. Access should not be limited to those on a certain track or in a certain cohort.
We believe that diversity of experience and opinion makes an organization stronger, improving innovation, objectivity, analytical thinking, creativity, and even financial performance.
We believe institutional knowledge at any organization is an ever-changing, evolving body, never static, never finished, and that almost everyone has something to contribute to it. It cannot be contained within the confines of fixed corporate content.
We believe in kaizen, a Japanese word that means constant, continuous improvement. Even when we’re already killing it, we’re always looking for the next great thing or inspiring idea to transform our team.
We believe that technology can help us achieve all these things; we believe that although people, relationships, and networks are the most valuable kind of capital most modern companies have, technology can ease, facilitate, and improve the way we work together, making it easier, not harder.
We believe in science and research, which is why every item on this manifesto is backed by rigorous academic study and decades on inquiry into what makes people work better, smarter, happier, longer, and stronger.
We believe that a generous work culture can change everything.
If this resonates and you’d like to learn more, we’d love to show you Givitas, software for leaders who want their teams to be collaborative, who want to encourage generosity and want employees to feel safe asking for help and advice when they need it. None of the collaboration or knowledge sharing tools you’re using today can achieve these goals alone.