Tessa Greenleaf, CloudPeeps
Tessa is the Happiness Lead at CloudPeeps, an invite-only marketplace that connects social media, marketing, content and community freelancers with remote work opportunities. By helping busy companies find on-demand talent to build community engagement and grow their social reach, Tessa is committed to ensuring both clients and “Peeps” are happy, and making the experience seamless, trusted and thoughtful. An avid believer in the future of remote work in a digital reality, Tessa shares her insight about the changing workplace, how she commits to unplugging, and the value of leadership practices in cultivating company culture.
How would you define the purpose of CloudPeeps?
CloudPeeps is a talent community made up of brilliant professional social media, marketing, content and community freelancers. We’re a place where freelancers and digital nomads can come together to find work, but also be a part of a community and support system of peers. The workplace is constantly changing, and we’re a home for people who are realizing they no longer fit into the 9-5 standard.
How is technology influencing the way we interact and how do you encourage your community to connect beyond the screen?
Social media is changing the way we interact with each other by breaking down geographic barriers. We have Peeps in our community who are connecting with one another from all around the globe. These types of relationships simply haven’t been able to thrive until very recently – due in major part to the interconnectedness of the web and social platforms. All that said, there’s nothing like connecting with people in person. We’ve begun hosting co-working pop-ups and are encouraging our own community of Peeps to find spaces to meet up and work together.
How do you balance operating in a constantly-connected digital world while still finding time to unplug and unwind?
I’ve made a commitment to not check my phone or computer before I’ve gotten out of bed and dressed for the day. It’s easy to pop online first thing in the morning for a quick check-in, but then you’re quickly blurring lines between rest and work, as “just one email” turns into 2 hours of work. One trick I’ve found is turning my phone on “priority mode” in the evenings through early mornings. This prevents any excessive notifications from poking into my unplugged time.
How can companies leverage the concept of “unplugging” to help foster employee creativity and motivation in the workplace?
Leading by example is key. If you’re a supervisor who is always on and sends emails at all hours of the day and night you’re sending a message to your team that you expect them to work in a similar manner. When you take the time to care for yourself and be with friends and family (without your cell phone pinging in the background) employees will feel the freedom to do the same.
What advice would you give to future Millennial Makers?
Set a schedule for yourself and stick to it. These days everyone is busy being constantly plugged in and on the clock – and that will burn you out more quickly than you realize. By setting times to work, play and unplug you’re doing yourself a great benefit in the long run. Living in the age of the startup bubble makes everything feel like a race, but you need to take a page out of Ferris Bueller’s book: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”