Tips for reading non-fiction

I don’t like reading non-fiction.

There, I said it. It’s out in the open now.

The thing is, there are so many valuable insights available through reading non-fiction – I can’t ignore a huge swath of potential knowledge. So instead of avoiding it, I’ve been investigating different approaches to be more likely to finish reading non-fiction books and get more out of them. Continue reading “Tips for reading non-fiction”

A day in the life of a Happiness Engineer, October 2017 edition

I’m a Happiness Engineer on the WooCommerce Orion team, and have been working at Automattic for 18 months now. I’m doing a six month 50% rotation on Happiness Hiring; the rotation is from June until the end of December. That means I still do 50% support on WooCommerce, then handle applications, interviewing, and working with trials during the other 50% of my time. Continue reading A day in the life of a Happiness Engineer, October 2017 edition

The art of being on time to remote meetings

I hate being late. It says “I don’t care enough about your time,” so I try very hard to be on time or even better: early.

When I worked in an office, I was usually early to meetings. My tactic? I got there early and just did something useful in the mean time. It didn’t matter if it was a meeting room in an office or a coffee shop; it’s easy enough to get out your laptop and do something useful, or catch up on email on your phone. This doesn’t work when working remotely.

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View over Lisbon, Julia Amosova

When good manners and equality clash

I’ve never thought very much about all of the different angles around the concept of men opening doors for women. I mentally shrugged my shoulders, thanked people when they held the door for me, held the door for others and went on with my life. Sweden is very much into gender-equality, so it hasn’t come up. After a few days of having multiple men hold the door for me as a polite gesture, I’m surprised at just how surprised and startled I am by it. Continue reading When good manners and equality clash

A (semi) typical work day for me, February 2017 edition

As a WooCommerce Happiness Engineer at Automattic, I spend some of my time directly helping customers. I also get to travel quite a bit, to different conferences and to meet my colleagues all over the world. I’ll focus on a day at home (just outside of Stockholm, Sweden), because the other days are anything but typical. Continue reading A (semi) typical work day for me, February 2017 edition

Automattic: my journey from application to hire

Hi! My name is Hannah and I’m a WooCommerce Happiness Engineer at Automattic. Automattic is the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce and many other products.

I successfully completed my trial for Happiness Engineer on WordPress.com. During my trial, I read as much as I possibly could about other people’s experiences. Good, bad, it didn’t matter. I was so thirsty to know more. I hope this blog post helps you in some small way.

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