How to Build a Code of Conduct

When I first joined Dyspatch, back in 2015, we had 10 employees. Our small size made it easy to communicate expectations across the company. Our definition of ‘team’ was pretty fast and loose, we had a daily all-hands stand-up that every individual spoke at, and as far as Human Resources (HR) or a code of

The Importance of Effective Onboarding to New-Hire Success

No matter how old someone is, starting a new job can feel a lot like the first day at a new school, with all the anxiety associated with adjusting to new surroundings, new people, and new situations. An effective onboarding strategy plays a key role in easing that anxiety and helping new team members find

How to Interview at a Tech Startup

As a job seeker, it can be easy to look at the interview as a one-sided process, where a company is deciding if you’re a good fit for their role. But an interview is also a chance for you to evaluate whether the company and the role are going to be a good fit for

How to Create an Honest and Transparent Employee Value Proposition

One of the best pieces of advice I received when I started working in tech was from a senior recruiter at Twitter, who told me that one of the first things I should do was create an Employee Value Proposition (EVP). This was especially important, they said, if I was going to be expending time

The Top 3 Tips for Successful Outbound Recruiting

Outbound recruitment is a strategy where a recruiter seeks out and contacts candidates they believe could be a good fit for the role at hand. It’s an essential practice for any recruitment team, but it can involve a lot of ups and downs. For some roles, your efforts will be successful and you’ll fill a

Policy for a Pet-Friendly Workplace

Pet-friendly workplaces are the norm in tech and they’re quickly becoming an expectation of employees. Industry leaders like Google and Facebook have well-established policies for employees who want to bring their pets to work. The Amazon headquarters in Seattle has a particularly pet-friendly campus, with up to 6000 dogs in the office some days! They

How to Build a Parental Leave Policy as a Startup

As a company, we have always had strong convictions when it comes to supporting our team and ensuring their success. Parental leave was one of those ways we could support our growing team through a huge transitional period in their lives. We specifically chose to have a universal Parental Leave Policy, instead of separate maternity