Planks, Pranks and Educational Technology


We had a visit from the lovely folks at Clinch last week.

Clinch bridges the gap between employer and jobseeker. By facilitating direct interaction with the employer and offering unique insights into company culture, Clinch empowers the jobseeker to make better application choices.” say co-founders Paddy and Damien.

So we had our photos taken (we won’t be giving up our day jobs just yet though) and filled them in about what’s cool about working at Learnosity and voilà here’s their blog post. We think they did a really great job capturing the essence of Learnosity. Here’s a sneak peak…

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Three strikes, and it’s “the plank” for you.”

I look down from my vantage point five floors up in an office at Dublin’s IFSC. Seems like a harsh punishment, and not really the kind of information you’d want to divulge to someone who’s keen to learn more about what it’s like to work for your company.

I’m a little shocked, to say the least. Rachel, the business development executive at Learnosity, had seemed like such a nice person, too . . .

The plank . . . ” she said, “d’you know, the yoga pose?

Ah. Of course. That makes much more sense! Well, at least in the sense that it’s not a punishment by death. Still, though, the idea of having to hold a yoga pose while surrounded by colleagues, none of whom are joining you, is definitely a punishment of sorts.

I get the impression, however, that there aren’t too many slip-ups in the award-winning education technology company that is Learnosity.

Learnosity provides world class, cloud based assessment solutions for education providers. Their unique toolkit enables educational publishers and assessment companies to embed stimulating, interactive assessment into their existing digital content via a simple JavaScript API, which works on Android, iOS and desktop computers.

It’s not, really, the kind of company that you’d imagine would be sporting an “I’m the one who knocks” Breaking Bad poster on its back wall outside the conference room. Then again, this is the company that takes no issue with asking its employees to drop into “plank” position after three screw-ups, either.

So, about that . . .

Laughing, Rachel points me toward a whiteboard where I see the heading “Banned Phrases,” written in all-caps above a lengthy enough list that includes, “Controlability,” “Helpdesk,” and “Just to be sure . . . ” There’s a back story to each, I’m assured. Suffice it to say, if your name ends up alongside any one of those phrases three times, well, there’s only one outcome.

But at least it’s one that will leave you with a stronger core.

Nobody is immune to this “prank-friendly” culture at Learnoisty, either, as evidenced by the fact that on CEO Gavin’s birthday, the team surprised him by gift-wrapping his entire office and all its contents.

We’re an eclectic group,” says Rachel. “It’s a casual office, and we have good craic. Nobody takes themselves too seriously, but at the same time, we know we’re here to do a job and one thing we all have in common is that everyone is always ready and willing to pitch in when needed.”

That’s why, when it comes to building out their team, the Learnosity crew are serious about finding the right kind of people.

We want someone who is pro-active,” says Rachel, “someone who wants to work in a small company and make a positive and noticeable impact on what the company is doing.”

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