I am the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition at Nacelle. We are about 95 employees as of today and growing fast. Nacelle is a data orchestration platform built for online merchants who are frustrated with the lack of performance and flexibility associated with traditional eCommerce solutions. We are an early stage, venture-backed, fully remote company and recently closed our Series B for $50m.
Tell us about your team!
How big is it? (please specify number of people by role)
Our small but mighty Talent Acquisition (TA) team consists of three full-cycle recruiters and a talent sourcer. We are also activelyhiring. 😃
Where are your teammates located?
Nacelle is fully-distributed. We have employees from all over the US and Canada! I am lucky to work with teammates from all over and in many different time zones.
What does your team do? What are you responsible for?
We are responsible for connecting top talent with our incredible teams at Nacelle! Our TA team manages a high-volume of roles across the entire organization ranging from leadership to engineering to customer success and more. The TA team is the first point of entry for everyone at Nacelle so providing a high-quality candidate experience is of the utmost importance. It’s our job to recruit and retain individuals who share the same values and vision. We have a direct impact in building our awesome remote culture at Nacelle!
What are the components of a strong remote culture?
Collaboration. Trust. Ownership. Team bonding. And of course, great communication and documentation!
Strong remote cultures are built on strong connections. Strong connections are built with Hailey.
How do you make sure your team is happy and engaged in their work?
I keep my team happy and engaged by building trust early on and empowering them to take initiative and ownership in their work and their personal development. I encourage them to bring new ideas to the table, ask questions, learn new skills, and build something they feel passionate about.
Since you aren’t in the office everyday and able to go on coffee runs with your fellow co-workers, you need to get creative to connect in a remote workplace. It’s important to carve out time to just socialize and get to know each other.
What's your biggest challenge as a remote leader?
In a remote environment, it’s more difficult to get to know your teammates. Since you aren’t in the office everyday and able to go on coffee runs with your fellow co-workers, you need to get creative to connect in a remote workplace. It’s important to carve out time to just socialize and get to know each other.
My Remote Manager Toolbox
At Nacelle, we do virtual happy hours on a weekly basis, hold virtual & in-person off-sites, and offer fun team bonding activities. We also have monthly All Hands which is a great time for us all to get together. We welcome our new team members, hear from different departments about their roadmap and initiatives, and get to spread gratitude to our co-workers by giving each other kudos!
I love starting our weekly TA meeting with an icebreaker. Most of the time, we use this opportunity to get to know each other outside of work by asking questions like “What’s your favorite holiday family tradition?” or “What’s the most memorable place you’ve traveled?” Our most recent icebreaker was “What’s the best advice you’ve ever received and from who?”
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Resources for remote leaders
I love learning through mentors and networking. Whether it’s my Leadership Coach, my manager, or someone I connected with on LinkedIn, I enjoy using the people around me as resources to feed into my own personal development. I also love listening to podcasts and reading books. My favorite podcast currently is The Recruiting Brainfood Podcast. The most impactful book I've read recently would be High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove.
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"Adding Hailey has been by far the lowest effort, highest impact thing we’ve done to bring our globally scattered team together!" - Mary Grace Reich