Envoy Office Hacks
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You will never look at the office the same way again. Discover companies that are re-thinking, re-engineering, and re-inventing the way they work to be more productive... and to have more fun. You’ll pick up ideas to hack your own office, too. Who knows? You might just become the ace of your workplace!
||Clean#39 - Shannon's Budgie Cam Hack||Being on the road and working away from home can be lonely.. especially for those bonded to their pets. A live feed between you and your pet would be awesome, but maybe not that realistic. This office hack is the next best thing. This is Shannon’s Budgi||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#38 - Unbounce's Sweet Spot Light Hack||Remote workers and colleagues in other cities can often mean different time zones. But like any busy worker bee, it’s easy to forget someone might still be sleeping when you’re madly pinging them for something. That’s where today’s office hack sav||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#37 - Mulesoft's Commodore 64 Hack||Listen to how San Francisco-based Mulesoft used a Raspberry Pi, their own products and unflappable determination to connect a Commodore 64 to the future. For details on how Mulesoft did this, and for photos - check out: http://bit.ly/Muleadore||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#36 - Joyent's Mario Kart Hack||When you think of how you spend your spare time, pursuing pet projects, building, playing, reading… we’re almost positive designing an analytics program wouldn’t be on your leisure-time list. But it did make the list of one guy, and the project brou||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#35 - The Atlantic's Lunch Button||It’s lunch time. You’re dreaming of that fantastic little restaurant on the corner but you know others dream of it too, which makes going there an exercise in long line-ups and extended food pick-up. If only you could order your lunch with the press o||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#34 - Unbounce's Dejargonator||There are times for hyperbole in business and then there are… wait, are there ever good times for hyperbole in business? Sometimes, you can read a company’s entire website and still have no idea what it does. Page after page littered with jargon and n||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#33 - Vector Custom Fabricating’s Beer Hack||We’re dedicating the month of October to beer. Well, beer hacks in the workplace, to be specific. Today we go to a place that makes architectural metals. Vector Custom Fabricating has a small, tight team of employees. One thing that bonds them? Making b||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#32 - Sparc's Beer 30 Hack||It’s October. So what better hack to feature than one involving beer! In fact, we’re dedicating this month to beer hacks only. So pop a top, relax and listen to how Sparc, a software development company out of Charleston, SC, lets its staff know it’||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#31 - Lululemon’s Meditation Hack||Today’s Envoy Office Hack has a name: Danielle. Danielle is changing the work culture at Lululemon’s head office every day, twice a day. This ‘unplugged’ office hack says a lot about the authenticity of the company behind it. This is Lululemon’s||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#30 - Razorfish’s Fish Bait Hack||There’s nothing better than free food at the office, unless you hear about it after the fact when not a crumb remains. One company created a way to ensure any food up-for-grabs is known to all, easily and automagically. This is Razorfish’s Fish Bait H||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#29 - LaunchPad Lab’s Rocket Buzzer||Let’s face it, the act of buzzing people into your office building is a pain in the neck. That’s why we love this week’s hack. Chicago-based LaunchPad Lab came up with a way to re-route a door buzzer so that there would be no more workplace disrupti||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#28 - PlayStudios Rooftop Parking Hack||Parking can be a frustrating experience at the best of times. But imagine having your car being boxed-in at work every day. Today’s Envoy Office Hack takes us to a rooftop parking lot in San Francisco - and one inventive hack that cooled a lot of temper||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27 - Zappos Money Hack||Money can be such a motivator. Even fake money. Just ask Zappos, the online shoe retail giant. Zappos has its own mini-economy - with custom currency, goods, lotteries, even inflation. This is definitely one of our more sophisticated hacks. Here is Zappos||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26 - Twilio's Phone Hack||Today’s Envoy Office Hack might make you feel a little nostalgic. It comes to us from a San Francisco-based company that specializes in innovating all things telecom. Twilio’s hack involves an old school rotary-dial phone and the modern day text messa||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25 - Mozilla's TV Hack||TV isn’t what it used to be. It’s so much better! Especially at Mozilla where TV content can be programmed by anyone and for any environment. Hear how Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, hacked together a TV system for its offices. This is Mozilla’s TV||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24 - Devpost's Call Serena Hack||Calling a meeting is one thing. Involving a remote employee in that meeting can be another. A little bit more planning is generally involved. But what if you could hack together a device that launched meetings with remote employees at the press of a butto||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23 - Twitter Unplugged||When life gets out of balance, sometimes you just need to unplug. Restore peace and calm. Even one of the most social of social media giants agrees. Twitter’s office hack is a quiet room in its Canadian office where nary a tweet can be heard. This is Tw||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22 - O2E's Imagination Hack||This is a story about a wall that brought out the grandest of visions and brought together an unstoppable team. This week’s office hack is O2E’s Imagination Hack.||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 - IFTTT's Sign Hack||IFTTT stands for If This Then That, which is literally how this web-based service works. IFTTT lets you connect apps and devices through “recipes”. And what better way for IFTTT to show off what its about, than through an IFTTT “recipe” anyone can||7/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20 - Slack's Washroom Hack||In this week’s Envoy Office Hack we visit Slack’s San Francisco office. More specifically, we visit its washrooms. Slack staff more than doubled at this office in a relatively short amount of time, creating a lot more traffic in company bathrooms. Mor||7/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19 - SapientNitro's Changing Walls||At SapientNitro, glowing blue walls mean there are bagels up for grabs in the office. Green walls mean it’s time for lunch. And floating kitty cats mean someone hacked the digital walls for fun. The new Toronto digs are designed to inspire creativity an||7/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 - Zapier’s Bot Family||Some people have office pets. Zapier has office bots. Listen to how this entirely remote team of co-workers bonded over a rogue mom-bot and a bad-joke-telling dad-bot. It’s proof that maybe even virtual moms and dads should steer clear of your office. S||6/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17 - Weebly’s Secret Room||Weebly is a website and e-commerce company and it has an extraordinary feature in its San Francisco office. It is something more likely to be found in an adventure movie than a workplace. This week’s Envoy Office Hack is Weebly’s Secret Room. To see s||6/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 - The Workplace Washroom Hack||Washrooms just might be the unsung heroes of the workplace. No one likes to be near them. Yet no one wants to be too far away either. If you do find yourself at a fair distance, then this hack is for you. This is the Workplace Washroom Hack. To see photos||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 - Howdy's Lunch Bot||We’ve all been there. A group from work is trying to get some lunch together, but no one can agree on where to go. Too many places to remember. Too many decisions; and this happens too often. Enter: the Lunch Bot. Today’s Envoy Office Hack takes on th||6/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 - Virtual High Five||Sharing the love at the office has never been easier. This week’s office hack comes to us from Bottle Rocket Studios in Addison, Texas. It takes an Amazon Dash Button, a severed rubber hand and a chat messaging service and makes high-performing teams fe||5/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 - The Mozilla Ball Pit||This week’s office hack is a ball. Or more accurately, 20-thousand balls. Mozilla, maker of web browser Firefox, turned up the fun in one of its conference rooms, but it hasn’t been without a few mishaps. Here is the story of the Mozilla Ball Pit. To||5/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 - Gamifying The Office Kitchen||This week’s office hack is aimed at the shirkers, the slackers, and the chore-evaders. A couple of employees from a data back-up company in Texas applied their coding skills to a common office problem: the gross, messy work-kitchen. You know the one. Th||5/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 - The Ping Pong Boardroom Table||Foosball and Ping Pong tables have become a startup staple. But one Canadian company has raised the bar. Rethink Communications’ Ping Pong table isn’t just an employee perk… it’s the centerpiece of their corporate boardroom. But that’s not all..||5/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 - Grip Limited's Big Orange Slide||You can inject play into your workplace... or you can build it in. In today’s Envoy Office Hack we take you down a giant playground slide, smack-dab in the middle of a busy ad agency. See photos of this big orange slide and find out how to hack your own||5/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 - The Airstream Edit Suite||Not all work spaces are created equal. Some were even created not for work, but for play… or long, tortuous family vacations. Today’s Envoy office hack is all about how one family’s rolling getaway became another man’s home office. Take a listen t||4/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 - Mozilla’s Hi Fi Raspberry Pi||This week’s Envoy Office Hack might just be the world’s most unusual music streaming solution. Mozilla, maker of web browser Firefox, has tried all sorts of high-tech music services in their Mountain View offices. But the one that stuck? A homemade ha||4/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7 - Connecting Coffee to the Internet||This week’s Envoy office hack turns a common everyday annoyance into an everyday convenience. Data streaming company Pub Nub found a way to hack a common kitchen scale to monitor coffee in the workplace coffee pot. See photos and read more about this ha||4/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 - The Mode Analytics Office Goat||This week’s Envoy office hack is about the evolution of a company’s culture alongside the evolution of a stuffed goat. San Francisco-based Mode Analytics features a full-sized mountain goat in its reception area. And it may surprise you to hear what k||4/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 - The Hootsuite Ski Village||Hootsuite is a social media software company based on the west coast of Canada. Every license plate there proudly displays the words “Beautiful British Columbia”... and that same pride can be found throughout the Hootsuite offices. Today we hear about||3/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 - The Robotic Sales Gong||This is a TRUE Envoy Office Hack - it comes from our own office. You see, we get excited every time we sign up a new customer. So excited, that we like to celebrate with a bang. Or more accurately, by ringing a gong. But we don’t have your ordinary, run||3/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 - The Microwave of Shame||This Office Hack turns healthy eating into a social psychology experiment, making food nukers stand in the middle of the office and have their cooking adventures streamed live on the web.||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 - The Wall of Lego||When it comes to creating a cool office space, what you put on your walls matters more than you think. Meet a company that definitely lives up to their name. Rethink Communications have completely “rethought” what can be done with a boring, old office||3/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 - Slack's Rolling Rooms||Welcome to the brand new Envoy Office Hacks podcast! For our first Office Hack, we're featuring Slack, a white-hot software company that’s reinventing the way teams communicate and work together. Naturally, they decided to take the same philosophy when||2/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnvoy Office Hacks - Teaser||Coming soon - a brand new podcast that hacks your office. Envoy Office Hacks is a short podcast that comes out once a week. Each episode, you’ll discover a new workplace that has made their office better, more productive, or just plain fun by re-thinkin||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Short & sweet
Great to have a high-quality, fun, SHORT podcast to add to my podcast listening mix. Thanks, Envoy!
Well made and interesting!
These episodes are short and easily digestible, and very well produced. If you like This American Life, you’ll recognize the style here. Good stuff.
Fun & useful!
Brilliant! I can't believe no one thought of a podcast like this before. Useful and super fun to listen to. I wish it came out every day!