Weekly Wrap Up - Dog, My Dear
23 Aug 2016
“Martha, my dear, you have always been my inspiration.” Taking a page from Paul McCartney’s songbook, we know the special bond between a human and their dog is certainly something to sing about, which is why we are a dog-friendly office here at Sphero. It’s no argument one of the biggest benefits to working here is the option of having your loyal, furry friend by your side.
And our canine friends run a tightly-packed schedule just like we do. Dogs of all shapes and sizes regularly attend meetings, go for lunch-time walks, chase or bark at the occasional roaming BB-8 and still manage to catch plenty of zzz’s under your desk.
No dog of your own, you say? No problem. These furry friends enjoy all kinds of visitors, and we enjoy visiting them too, especially when end-of-fiscal year or product deadlines approach. Sometimes just petting a dog right after a stressful meeting is just what the doctor ordered; and our marketing department—who pay regular visits—would certainly agree. With a glazed-over expression, repeating “nice puppy…nice puppy…” while petting, it might not be too much of a stretch to call our furry employees therapy dogs.
So, come one dog, come all. You really can’t turn a corner in this office without meeting a panting, drooling, smiling face—and that’s not just our run group, either. As McCartney goes on to say, “when you find yourself in the thick of it, help yourself to a bit of what is all around you” is solid advice here, as far as we’re concerned.
So go on—throw those stress balls out the window and opt for petting your neighbour instead.
Wait. Let us clarify—your dog neighbour.
A Day In The Life: Mike Nemeth
Q. Hi, there. So, let’s get a few formalities out of the way: would you state your name and title here for the record?
A. Mike Nemeth, Director of People Operations.
Q. Going along with the record, could you tell us what you do here everyday?
A. I have the opportunity to work with a great team that is responsible for bringing awesome new talent into Sphero, maintaining our culture, growing our employees, making sure our Sphero team is taken care of and helping increase our office footprint to accommodate our fast growth.
Q. Sounds kinda like being our own catcher as we run through the rye fields that is our office. What advice can you offer for others interested in the same field? Sorry, can’t help ourselves with puns all the time.
A. If someone is looking to get into the People/HR business, I would recommend some self-reflection to see what parts of HR are interesting and align your preferred work style to a certain role. Recruiting is different than benefits, which is different than being a HR Business Partner. Each role requires different strengths and picking the one that you can grow in the quickest will allow you to see if other parts of People/HR is interesting. Simply answered, you have to like interfacing with people and providing great service all the time!
Q. Can you share what—or maybe “who” is more fitting—you’re currently working on? That sounded weird but wasn't meant to.
A. Some of what I do is obviously confidential people matters. For projects, I am working on building out job architecture for the company that will better allow us to align development and career plans for our team. I am also working on developing v2 of a management training program (v1 was earlier this year). My team is enhancing our on-boarding, implementing a volunteer/give back program, recruiter retrospectives with managers and new hires, keeping an eye on culture and hiring lots of great people.
Q. Aww, shucks, that makes us blush. What’s your favourite aspect of working at Sphero?
A. My favorite aspect of working at Sphero is the people I get to work with. It sounds cliché, but I really do enjoy the people I get to spend much of the day with! Sphero has some of the most dedicated, team-oriented, creative, flexible people I have had the opportunity to work with in my career.
Q. Going from people to robots, which of our bots is your fave?
A. Which is my favorite bot? Ideologically, SPRK+ is amazing as learning and growth is important to me. Aesthetically, BB-8 by Sphero is second to none. Playability, Ollie is the best to get outside and run up and down the street. It is so fast and tough you can't help but smile. Do I have to pick one? Not gonna do it.
Q. A very diplomatic answer. Well played. What do you like to do outside of Sphero?
A. Outside of Sphero I am usually with one or more of my immediate family members (wife and three kids) either running to sports, building/projects or doing something outside like biking, hiking, skiing or fishing. I also like to keep up on current tech and what's new in the world.
Q. What do you enjoy the most about living in Colorado?
A. I am a native to Colorado and it has changed a lot! You cannot beat the weather here. I love the four seasons, although the summer heat can drag on me at times. I also enjoy the general demeanor of people in Colorado. While I love traveling and am open to living in other parts of the US, I haven't found one that matches our state yet.
Q. Nice. So I’m sure you have a special place you recommend us checking out, right?
A. I am amazed at how many people live in Colorado that have not traveled the southwest side of the state. The San Juan mountains are some of the most amazing sites. Along my journeys I always seek out local restaurants (not chains) and the bonus is if they are a brewery. I love the beer renaissance we are in!
Q. Ditto. Alright, your last question for the record: please share something that we may find quite unexpected about you.
A. I have not had cable for over 13 years and do not have any streaming services. I take that back, we have Amazon but that is mostly for the free shipping! I do miss a little Sports Center and HGTV every once in a while.