Believe it or not, a good 20-30% of employees actually HATE their job. Another 50-60% of employees simply tolerate their job, with little passion, simply because it is a means to an end, a paycheck, their way of paying their rent and getting through life. That’s unfortunate.
We believe that work should be fulfilling, uplifting, inspiring, and meaningful. Life is too short to tolerate a toxic environment, crappy clients, and assholes for bosses and co-workers. We don’t put up with that and neither should you.
Agileana is a company with an inspiring purpose. We want to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse within the federal government by delivering great value and not being one of the beltway bandits that make money on change orders.
Too many companies bid low to win a contract and then charge extra money every time the client discovers something new or wants to tweak the product to make it better. With agile, changes are free. We embrace change because we live in a rapidly evolving environment. Change is inevitable and we have to be agile to keep up with this evolution.
We focus on doing the most important things and most valuable tasks at any given time. We want to put the right people in the right places with the right tools to solve the right problems at the right time. We strive to make best use of taxpayer dollars, because we are taxpayers. For that reason, we are lean and agile. We are Agileana.
We have a creative and dynamic work environment. We have an innovation lab, called inQbation Labs, that encourages product development and ideas from anybody. If you have ever thought about starting your own business, inQbation Labs is the place to do it. inQbation Labs is an accelerator and incubator of startups. We help startups get started. We want employees and partners with an entrepreneurial passion.
Steve Jobs didn’t do Apple by himself. Mark Zuckerberg didn’t do Facebook by himself. Bill Gates didn’t do Microsoft by himself. Successful businesses are created by teams of people, working together, towards a common goal. Given that 90% of most startups fail, the odds are against any new startup … unless they have good mentoring, opportunities, and cash flow. We have learned those lessons. Smart people learn from other people’s mistakes. We can help you be successful. Lets start a new business together! Lets grow this business together.
Great companies have respect for its people. There is no room in this company for disrespect. We respect you, you respect us. We believe that when we point fingers at somebody and say, “you screwed up,” we realize that three fingers are pointing back to us asking, “Did we do everything we could to create an environment of success? Did we provide all of the tools, training, information, and insight necessary to allow you to do your job?”
We respect how important it is for us to not only hire the right employees, but also for us to be the right employer. It is like marriage. It is one thing to find the right person, but you also have to be the right person. At Agileana, we strive to hire the right employees and be the right employer.
We also strive to offer secure employment. We don’t like firing people or laying them off. For this reason, we need to ensure that we hire the right people in the first place, that we give them an important and meaningful job that adds value to us and our clients, and that we are financially smart and responsible so we have the cashflow and runway to keep great employees. We know from experience that companies fail because of poor cash flow. Cash is king, as they say. We strive to invest wisely and be excellent stewards of the cash that flows through us.
By the way, secure employment also means that we have enough operating cash to weather the ups and downs of the economy and can survive between contracts and projects. This means we have to collect more money than what we pay out in salaries and expenses. This also means that while we strive to pay the highest salaries in the market, we can’t be frivolous with salaries.
Employees certainly need enough money to live and prosper, but there should be more reasons to work for us and with us than simply money. If money is the most important thing in your life and if salary is the most important criteria for selecting a company to serve, then we are not the right company for you. We don’t want people who are driven exclusively or primarily by money. You need to have a higher purpose in life and work than simply money.
Finally, we strive to create leadership opportunities for people who want to lead. While scrum teams are self-organizing, that doesn’t mean that there is no place for leadership. Quite the opposite, actually. Everybody on a self-organizing team must be a leader and must take turns being a leader. Leaders need to be cultivated and developed. If we always have the same leader and if that leader is too dominant and opinionated, then there is no room for other leaders to grow. We strive to create an environment where new leaders can emerge, develop, and grow.
We’re always looking for passionate, friendly, dedicated people to join our team. If you have passion, if you embrace agile, if you want to help make government work better so we can serve the citizens of the United States more efficiently and more effectively, then contact us.