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Anna Holland Smith

Internal Developer Advocate
Automattic

Anna Holland-Smith is a former Lawyer turned Software Engineer, now working as an Internal Developer Advocate at Automattic. Working within the Talent Operations team, she works to build internal developer communities and provide support for developers and developer teams, whilst influencing change across the engineering organisation. 

Automattic is a distributed company with 1,273 Automatticians in 76 countries speaking 95 different languages. Automattic is a values-led company committed to diversity and inclusion, and with the goal to democratize publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it, regardless of income, gender, politics, language, or where they live in the world.

 

Anna Holland Smith’s Session(s):


12:45 p.m. EST — Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Case Study: Preparing for Growth for Your Distributed Workforce

Organizational growth is a great thing and sometimes you need to prepare to recruit, hire, and onboard more employees in a smaller amount of time than you're used to. To prepare for growth at Automattic they have taken a number of steps to ensure a strategic well defined onboard plan as well as a communication plan to ensure new associates are a part of the team. During this presentation you will hear about some of the tools and plans that were put into place include:

  • Outlining an onboarding to scale plan
  • Ensuring professional development, learning, and professional certificates and training are inline
  • Communication of the remote first tooling messaging
  • Align new hires into written communication first and A systematic culture

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