Here at Red Badger we’ve been thinking about how we can deliver more social value as a company. And one of the simplest ways was payroll giving, aka Give As You Earn.
Some talk a lot and do very little, others do a bit out of legal obligation or because they want to pay less tax. And while good PR and a lower tax bill may be an added bonus, neither of these things came up when Red Badger’s staff decided to form a group to enable ourselves to create more social impact.
Karma Tracker is a Red Badger project, implemented in Clojure, that tracks contributions to OpenSource projects by the members of an organisation.
In just a few weeks (eek) we are hosting the first React conference in London - React London 2017. The plan for the conference day itself is of course all taken care of but as lots of our guests are coming from outside of London we thought it would be nice to make some suggestions about how to make the most of any extra time in London.
Last month all the Badgers plus a whole heap of our friends and partners headed off to Leipzig to spend the weekend in a castle. Red Badger is quite well known for throwing pretty fantastic parties (last year we took everyone to a private island) but I think last weekend was our best yet.
Living in the technical community in Shoreditch, I’m overexposed to web geekery in comparison to those who don’t work in tech but because I don’t code for a living, much of it still passes me by. The questionable grammar – “internet all the things”, deliberate misspelling – “WAT” and the like provides a closed community in which developers speak to each other in shorthand – and those who don't get it, aren't welcome.
The benefits of creative activities have been the focus of several studies over the years proving that engaging in creative activities has multiple benefits to our mental health and physical wellbeing. When these activities take place within a social setting the gains grow substantially, not only on an individual level but also on a collective one.
This morning Becca and I went to a breakfast briefing on diversity. I’m not usually up for breakfast events as I’m grumpy in the morning but I was interested to see if there was anything different being said after hearing Dave, our COO speak at a diversity meetup last week.
It’s National Badger Week. I thought I’d take this time to talk a little bit about our namesake, and the qualities that we share (and some that we don’t).
We have a £2,000 annual training budget at Red Badger that can be used however we like. Most people use it to travel to attend a conference in the US, Asia-Pacific or somewhere equally exciting.
Selected bits of shared information from our private Slack channels at Red Badger. Grouped by channel names.
Fresh issue of Badger Digest bringing you the most discussed topics and links from our 100+ private Slack channels over the past month.
There are plenty of action going on inside our internal Slack. As of moment of writing we have 100+ channels. This digest is meant to surface some of the most discussed links and topics. Everything is split by relevant channel names. Enjoy.
Here at Red Badger we often talk about being proud of our culture, and a defining part within our culture is the mighty toastie. Yes, that's right, not that you're surprised of course.
There are a lot of things that feed into the quality of your work life. As social creatures, the culture of our surroundings is one of the most important one.
Choosing a professional training course has always seemed like a bit of a minefield to me. Most courses have hefty price tags and it's hard to judge beforehand whether they actually represent good value.