A Newbie’s Guide to Symph Words

Most new hires here at Symph get a slight feeling of surprise or question every now and then once they realize that Symph is not your typical tech company. So, we have listed down Symph words or practices, together with their definitions, that are not very usual to most companies. Aspiring full-timers or interns, you might want to take note.

Flexi-Time

We’re putting this in our definition of terms because this practice is not very common for most industries in our country.

With flexi-time, we don’t really have a time in nor a time out, nor a fixed number of duty hours to be finished in a day. (Except for Symph meets, which is the next term defined.) We don’t measure hours worked as we don’t think that’s the best way to measure _actual _work.

Our mantra is to get things done when they should be done, and get things done in excellent quality. Here, we trust in the sense of responsibility that Symph team members have as they work at their own pace.

Symph Meets

This is the exception to the flexi-time policy.

Symph meets refer to our team meetings every Friday. These are the meetings when everyone should be present, and no one should be late.

During team meetings, we follow up project operations, introduce new processes, watch live Symph sessions, and jawdrop at card tricks that may or may not epicly fail. Most importantly, every Friday, we get to gain bits of wisdom from the brains and hearts of our dear founders- something other people have to pay sums of money for.

P.S. We have a whole blog series that talk about inspirational (we hope) topics discussed on these team meetings. Click here after you finish reading this story. *winks again*

The Night's Watch

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death…” and by death, we mean sleep. Because sleep is life. Although the Symph’s Night’s Watch has a different body clock.

This team of ours does not really protect the wall, but its members do report to work during the evening when everyone else has slumbered. Since Symph works with both local and international clients, the Night’s Watch work this late to accommodate our clients who live in other parts of the world, who live in time zones different from ours.

Symph Sessions

In Symph, hands that code with the keyboard are also hands that play the keyboard, if you get what we mean.

Symphers are more than just coders or designers or project managers. Symph sessions are jam sessions dedicated to giving the stage to our musically-inclined teammates who serenade us with the amazing music they play. We believe that people should do what they love so they would be more driven to love what they do.

We witness live bands for free here.

Symph Space

The Symph office is not very much like most company offices. We call this the Symph space.

We value collaboration and creativity, among many other things. This is why people in Symph do not really have their own private offices (not even our CEO), or even cubicles. We’re not saying that that kind of structure hinders collaboration. We just believe that a space with less barriers encourages our teamwork and productivity.

As for creativity, well, the Symph space can already be considered an adult playground. To get a more concrete picture of what we mean by that, you might want to watch the video we described in this blog post.

These stuff give us a break and even help induce our creative and crazy ideas… Also, work hard, play hard.

Symphers Plank

As much as we care for clients, we also care for our bodies… Okay maybe not all, but some.

Usually on a once to twice-a-week basis, some symphers get on yoga mats in the office or on the floor (as we don’t have that much yoga mats) and start planking. Our Symph health experts, we would say, would initiate, run, and guide the exercise. This is one of our efforts to help achieve our (subtle) desire of keeping everyone healthy.

These are what we can note as of time of writing. Because Symph embraces constant change, the terms defined here may not already be practiced months or years from now. In the same way, this little vocabulary could also lengthen with time, who knows? As for now, we hope this helps!

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