Human beings, not human resources

Natalia Woszczek

Natalia Woszczek

Content Marketing Whizz @ Miquido, Plain Language Enthusiast, Blogger.

Natalia Woszczek

Natalia Woszczek

Content Marketing Whizz @ Miquido, Plain Language Enthusiast, Blogger.

Feb 12, 2018 4 min read

Don’t join companies that treat you as human resource, a brick in a wall, building human capital.

Human beings, not human resources

We’ll need more resources for this! — you’d often hear talking to companies CEOs and investors. Resources? So what in particular? Servers, disk space, laptops, repositories for code, office supplies… There’s all sorts of resources your project will need. But sadly, what they mean is PEOPLE.

Calling people a “workforce”, “human resources” or “capital” is a stubborn cliche that, said around over and over again, became a common practise. Some even go further, naming employees “resources”, taking away the “human” part, literally and figuratively.

At Untitled Kingdom, we’re strictly opposing that.

People simply aren’t resources that can be dropped in to projects, used up or disposed of. Treating them as such is simply dehumanising.

The sad history of “employees” definition

The concept of an employee came from the Factory System period of 1850–1970, which turned employees into “stuff”. The system needed people to run the machines, but also to act like them, mechanically repeating the same actions over and over again. This mentality shows its results even today. Disturbing fact: That’s what you see on Thesaurus Dictionary as a synonymous words for “employee”:

Synonyms

Ugh. “Slave”? “Cog”? “Desk Jockey”?

Seriously, is this equal?
When we analyse what we called people in history and how we perceived their role as workers, it’s very easy to see how we got here.

Team members — amazing, qualified individuals

This is how we see people in Untitled Kingdom. We’re basing the culture of the company on respect, trust, empathy and supportive approach. And we believe this is how it should be in every working environment, regardless of the industry.

Respect

It includes both working within the team and operating with our clients, who we call Partners. This is not just an empty word — it’s an entire approach that determines the shape of our cooperation. We trust each other, communicate transparently, speak our thoughts loud and care about our Partner’s business.

Trust

“Surprising” fact: People don’t need over-control. In fact, most of them hate it and feel demotivated by patronising. In Untitled Kingdom, we believe transparency is the key.

Need a few hours to handle your personal issues?

Want to work remotely the entire day?

Feel blocked with your work because of something?

Just tell it. In fact, it can only make things better for you, other team members and the partners. And, yes, it’s a normal, well, human thing.

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Empathy

We’re human beings, and it’s pointless to try to separate our work performance from our feelings. Things doesn’t work this way. The CEO, software developer, and the sandwich delivery man — they all have their emotions, feelings, motivations and conditions. Instead of repeating the machinelike working ethos from the past, let’s just face facts: There is a huge gap between being a professional, savvy no-ego doer and a dehumanised, miserable guy struggling to perform like a heartless machine.

Supportive Approach

A good workplace is where you can grow your experience and confront your ideas. At Untitled Kingdom, we just love watching how our team members develop their skills and keep the sparkle in their eyes. We know that to stay passionate about work, it’s crucial to feel the support of the entire team. You can be sure to feel a friendly tap on your shoulder whenever you need something to get your things done.

Education and Growth
Books, conferences, podcasts subscriptions or knowledge sharing workshops. We take care of all that, and we’ve got a separate budget to fill our teammates’ professional aspirations. That makes us constantly hungry of knowledge, experiences & challenges and happy to work in such a great place.

Family 
A family is the number 1. This is how it works, and no workplace could ever replace (or disturb) your personal life. At Untitled Kingdom, we care about Moms and Dads, provide them with benefits, and accept flexible hours when they come back to work. You can take your time to focus on your family, personal matters or health issues. We’re all people, and we deserve it.

Also, within the team, we’re really bond to each other. We work closely, support other teammates, and make our working days even better. And we really believe this is how things should look like in every workplace.

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