It’s time to say hello to another member of the Speakfully family—this time, it’s our incredible full stack web developer Kristen. Without her, the platform literally wouldn’t exist for users! (And our back end would be a mess!) And that doesn’t even begin to address how she champions our mission as a company. Thanks for all you do!
Describe your role at Speakfully.
I am a full stack web developer at Speakfully, which means I help build the user-facing parts of our application as well as the backend business logic that deals with data handling and manipulation.
Why were you drawn to work at a company like Speakfully?
When I was job searching, the main thing I wanted to find was a company that was building something of societal value. I wanted to be a part of something that had the potential to help people. When I found Speakfully, I felt like I hit the jackpot. I’ve had my own negative experiences with workplace culture and harassment, and I never felt like they were resolved. My daughter is four, and I feel like I am working on an application that may help prevent her from experiencing the same in the future. The idea of changing the status quo and contributing to safer environments for everyone keeps me motivated.
What five words do you think best represent the ideal workplace?
Communication, Flexibility, Equality, Teamwork, Enthusiasm.
What is one thing you wish you could personally tell somebody experiencing a negative situation at work?
I would just want them to know that they are not alone. It can feel very scary and lonely to be in a workplace environment where you don’t feel safe to speak up, let alone to come to work in the first place. Knowing that you are not alone and that your voice DOES matter can make a world of difference. Reaching out for help is a sign of strength.
Why is it important for you to be able to be heard in the workplace?
I think for a long time we have subscribed to the idea that work is just… work. That you don’t have to enjoy your job or feel comfortable or heard there; you just have to work. I reject that idea wholeheartedly. I think if everyone’s voice was considered important in their own workspace, companies would see an enormous increase in productivity and employee engagement. People would want to show up for work and they would enjoy their jobs more. People want to be heard; and employees, no matter their position or rank, may have great ideas to propel a company forward or create positive change. Everyone’s voice matters and everyone can contribute to their workplace in a greater way if they are given the opportunity to be heard.