Skill Set Diversity in the Workplace: Lessons Learned

Malcolm Forbes, the former publisher of Forbes magazine, once said, diversity is the art of thinking independently together—and we have to agree. When we set out on the journey to find a new team member, we don't make a list of must-haves to measure up against. The right person will enhance our product, our processes, and each one of us, just as the rest of our employees do every day.

We aren’t looking to carbon copy skills or ideas, so we seek out people who bring their own unique viewpoints to Watershed and make us better.

A team with varied skill sets and skill levels is far more impactful that a homogeneous office filled with people who know the same things.

You know what’s homogeneous? Water. And water isn’t rolling out any new and exciting ideas lately.

Complementary office skill sets matter

Our team is made up of educators, musicians, artists, journalists, math aficionados, athletes, and workout fiends. We all approach Watershed differently, but with the same end goal in mind: meeting our clients’ needs and building the best product that we can.

We have developers who are self-taught and those who have studied for years in traditional settings to hone their crafts. We have people who came to us green as summer grass and who have found their perfect roles after a bit of experimenting. We have people who excel at public speaking and those who are working toward gaining leadership experience.

What we are saying is this:

We don’t really care what your resume says, where you went to school (or where you didn’t), or what you’ve done.

We are Watershed.

What we truly care about is that you are driven and self-motivated, you resonate with our Core Values, and you are willing to get your hands dirty.

Sure, we’ll list skills we know we’re lacking and hope that the right person comes along to bridge those gaps, but we’re willing to wait for the perfect mix of skills and personality to complement our company culture.

Much like Captain Planet, it takes a lot of different people with different "super powers" to make our world come together for the better. None of us can single-handedly build Watershed and make it succeed. With our powers combined, we are Watershed.

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