At the start of 2022, I was leading a team where 6 of 7 designers had joined Shopify within the past 6 months. The team was the outcome of a major re-org that happened the prior year, and we still didn't really have an identity.
To begin nurturing a culture, interpersonal relationships, and alignment around mission, I hosted a series of workshops throughout the year.
Based on a company-wide, anonymous employee survey, my team rated higher than company averages on some traits related to onboarding, trust, and belonging: 28% higher than average on "New people joining my team are getting spun up effectively", and 20% higher than average on "It's easy to have conversations about tough topics with my team."
I also feel proud about the higher than average ratings I saw for attributes directly about my impact: "My lead recognizes me when I do great work, "…provides timely, constructive feedback," and "…holds me accountable for delivering on my performance goals," "…ensures that important work is prioritized," and "…has the technical skills required to lead the team."
Our first two sessions focused on unpacking the annual company themes and goals. ICs each defined how our day-to-day work ladders into the bigger mission.