By Andrew Robinson
Highwire has been ranked by The Holmes Report as the No. 3 Best Agency to Work for in our category — and I could not be more proud! At Highwire, we prioritize a strong company culture that fosters a positive, impactful and inclusive employee experience for nearly 100 employees. Being selected as a Best Agency to Work For is an impressive benchmark. It allows us the opportunity to showcase our vibrant culture within an industry whose primary asset remains its people.
Highwire’s culture and core values are guided by The Highwire Way, which embodies an environment of critical thinking, creative ideation and agile, tenacious execution. This philosophy is engrained in everything we do and enables us to create award-winning programs. It drives our high-touch focus on professional development to give every team member the opportunity to grow and develop. We’re committed to providing the tools they need to succeed through mentorship, quarterly goal setting, continuous coaching conversations with managers and a robust training program that includes a dedicated writing coach.
The Highwire Way defines our focus on balance and flexibility — team members can work from their location of choice, be it the apartment or a coffee shop, each Friday, and participate in wellness events like in-office yoga and small group classes at popular fitness studios. The Highwire Way also inspired our “No Multitasking Manifesto,” through which we commit to fewer, focused meetings and to honor deep work without distractions.
The Highwire Way pushes us to work toward a culture where every team member is valued for their unique perspective and life experiences. This year, we embarked on an intensive four-part diversity and inclusion training initiative. Employees took a break from their busy work days to join in an open dialogue about personal backgrounds and experience, effective communication techniques and tools that can be used to better understand our colleagues and our clients.
One of my favorite projects that The Highwire Way has inspired is our H-Wow video series. In an effort to ensure employees feel appreciated and recognized for their work across all levels, we created an entertaining way to recognize employees with a “Weekend Update” twist. This internal video newscast celebrates employees and their hard work through peer nomination, and regularly publishes to the agency’s YouTube channel after being shared agency-wide.
From office museum trips to our annual Kickoff event that brings together employees from our San Francisco, New York, Boston and Chicago offices, our “work hard/play hard” mentality has led to a lot of fun times at Highwire. I am honored that our agency has been recognized for the hard work we do every day to create an environment where each employee feels valued and engaged.