Welcome to the Blackwood Creative team.
Statements that are not permitted:
That’s how we’ve always done it!
- That’s not my job.
- I can’t.
Not my fault.
Statements that are encouraged:
I bet we can do it better!
- Can I help you with that?
- I can learn.
Let’s fix it.
Underpromise & Overdeliver
Our customers should be assured that we will deliver quality, but let’s deliver even higher quality than what we promised.
Surprise & Delight
Go the extra mile – surprise the customer with extra quality, a kind gesture, or something outside the box.
This isn’t a call to work 100 hours per week – it’s a call to be passionate and work hard, even when you don’t feel like it. Our clients deserve that.
People Over Profit
We are definitely here to make money, but never at the expense of someone else. We serve, then we are rewarded with satisfaction and money.
Communication is key to healthy relationships, whether that’s with a client, a coworker, or a vendor. Don’t be afraid to over-communicate.
Gossip is a cancer. It’s disrespectful and unacceptable here. Discussions about issues should only be done in a constructive manner with someone who has the ability to do something about it (leadership).
Be positive. If you have a complaint, it should go to your direct leader and you should come prepared with a solution. Also, do not complain about our clients. We don’t exist without them.
Average is pointless. Be remarkable.
TEAM MEMBER TRAITS
- Time and a half will be paid for work performed past 40 hrs in a week for hourly team members.
- Salary team members are not paid overtime.
- Excessive overtime (over 3 hours in a given week) must be pre-approved by management.
Time and Attendance
- Being late is a matter of respect. We all have things to do and being late says that you don’t respect the other person’s time. Make sure you’re on time to meetings, on time to work, and make time to be able to stay for the whole meeting.
- We don’t necessarily have strict office hours, but our standard time is 8am-5pm with 30-60 minutes allotted for lunch/break during the day.
- Consistently being late or absent will prompt a review and can result in termination.
- Have a soda, the bottom shelf in the fridge is to share!
- We provide cool Apple products, awesome apparel, and access to learning tools.
- We don’t quite yet offer the traditional benefits of health insurance or a 401k. We’re happy to connect you with a financial advisor to help you protect yourself and invest.
- During your interview, your wage will be discussed and determined. Wage increase will be discussed during your annual evaluations.
- Wages are set per calendar year, unless otherwise discussed.
- Compensation is posted every Friday through direct deposit.
- Paid Time Off is available to each team member at different levels.
1-3 years: 5 days
4-5 years: 10 days
6+ years: 15 days
- PTO can be taken at a max of 7 consecutive days unless otherwise permitted by management.
- Team members must work 6 months before any paid time off is allotted.
- Hourly employees receive the average of hours worked per week over the year after 6 months.
- Paid Holidays (For full-time team members)
- If the holiday falls on a weekend, either Friday or Monday can be taken off with pay.
– New Year’s Day
– Memorial Day
– 4th of July
– Labor Day
– Thanksgiving Day
– Christmas Day
- Applies to direct family relationships; spouse, child, sibling, parent, grandparent.
- Up to 3 days PTO is available unless otherwise permitted by management
- 3 days of paid sick leave are available to every employee after 90 days.
- Unpaid sick leave is available up to 10 days. Any time beyond that will be reviewed by case.
- Please see Maternity Policy in Evernote
Take a look at the values again. As long as we stay true to those, go ahead; create your content and give out those likes.
Stay organized. Use the tools we have to stay organized. Our team and clients deserve for us to stay organized and professional. If you have a tool to help stay organized, share it with leadership for us to research and possibly deploy.
While we have a fairly casual workplace, we still need to be presentable. Our company dress code is simple; business casual or company gear. Avoid dirty or unkempt clothing and hair. No workout clothing. Friday’s tend to be more casual. Dress for the job you want!
We fully expect you to enjoy some great tunes or a podcast while you’re working. There are just a couple things we ask. First, be respectful and professional with the type of music you play in the office. Second, no Netflix or other forms of entertainment video should be playing during working hours.
THE LEGAL STUFF
- We come from a very diverse world. Our policy is the golden rule: treat others the way you would want to be treated.
- By working here, you are promising to keep our info and any client info confidential. Any operational info, client details and contacts, supplier info, and financial info must be kept private.
- While working at Blackwood, all Blackwood team members commit to a non-compete. You shall not work for or start a business that competes with any Hilltop Group company or Brand, including but not limited to Blackwood Creative, Magenta Cleaning, and Zipp Printing. This includes freelancing. Freelancing is only permitted on a case-by-case basis and must be approved in writing by Kyle Johnson. This permission can be revoked if the freelancing causes your work at Blackwood to suffer in any way. Competing is when you do work for a client that could/would have hired our company to do that work.
- There’s not too much danger around the office. Don’t throw Apple products. Please.
Hiring and Firing
- Hiring happens through 2-3 interviews followed up with an offer contingent on a background check. For payment regulations, refer to ‘the money stuff.’
- Any failure to comply with the rules and procedures listed in this document provides reason to terminate. Termination can take place after two formal warnings.
- All Blackwood Employees are At-Will.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
Don’t come to work drunk or high. You will be terminated immediately.
- Whether we like it or not, we are always representing our company. Be aware of this, even on your personal social.
- Be kind. Be loving. Don’t be offensive, but don’t be easily offended.
- We reserve the right to release you from the team based on your words or actions.