For this month's employee spotlight, we sat down with Andrius Knispelis, new Head of Product here at Duuoo, for a quick coffee and to pick his brain on why he chose to work at Duuoo, why he thinks this kind of product is so vitally important, and how he envisions the future of the platform.
What made you decide to join Duuoo?
One of the main criteria I used when choosing which company to go for, was whether or not I could relate to the product; could I understand the reason for it’s existence and get behind it's mission. Being a product person, it’s really important that you can believe, really believe in the product. And when I saw Duuoo, I immediately connected with it.
And so that's really the main reason why I chose Duuoo: it was the product itself. In my own career, I’ve always felt a need for something like this and I’ve never had it in any of the places that I’ve worked. So this was a great opportunity for me to work on a product that I would love to use myself. In fact, I didn’t even know that products precisely like this existed, but once I learned that they did, it was a no brainer. I wanted to be a part of it.
The second reason was the people. I liked the team, and fact that it was a smaller company certainly appealed to me. In a smaller company you can have greater impact as an individual and move things faster.
Why do you think what Duuoo is doing is important?
From my experience, in the places that I've worked, there was always a clear understanding of what the goals of the business were; everyone was well aware of what needed to be done this quarter or the next. But that's only half of the equation. The other half is the goals and development of the individual. If everything is only about the company and the employee side is neglected, then something truly important is lost.
And it's for that reason that I liked Duuoo immediately: the way that the company goals and the team goals run parallel to the personal development goals of the individual. Because it's ultimately these that lead to the employees' happiness. If the employees are happy, the company is happy. It may sound cliché but it's really as simple as that. And that's why I really like the Duuoo approach and believe it leads to long-term benefits.
One of the most painful things for a manager or a company, is when someone leaves because they didn't feel appreciate or they didn't feel like they were given the room to develop. It's a real shame when you lose people that way. And this is where Duuoo can help.
What do you see as the future of Duuoo?
Duuoo is not just a tool to arrange and hold meetings; it's a platform that every user can go into and get value from in-between meetings as well. It's about seeing your career development, seeing that progression and setting goals. In fact, to me, one of the key concepts in the entire product is this idea of setting and aligning different types of goals: company goals, department goals, teams goals, personal goals. If you can align those goals by asking the right questions, having the right dialogs, then you can have an enormously positive impact on the employee and how they fit into the team and relate to their manager.
So to me, the future of the product has a lot to do with better management and tracking of goals, and then seamlessly connecting that process with the 1-on-1 conversations, so that we can aid managers in discovering what everyone on their team needs in order to do their best work. More than that, what they need in order to be happy. The next step is to help the manager see how that fits in with the overall objectives of the team. The alignment of those things is, for me, the key to Duuoo. Because it’s not about tracking hours and who get’s payed what - it’s about making people happier and more successful at their workplace.
How do you feel your experience and skill set fits in with that future?
I have a background in analytics and data visualization, so I see a lot of potential here to give our users a clear and insightful overview of their career development, of the goals they've set and the things they've achieved. I think that's one of the important things that I bring to the team: my experience with visualizing data in a meaningful way that gives people insights and information they would not otherwise have can provide a great benefit to the platform.
If we can do it correctly, highlight the right things, give the proper perspective, give people the tools to frame their career and development in the way, then we're giving them an enormous power. We can help people become more aware and more conscious of the decisions they are making in their careers and in their lives and giving them information to help them make better decisions going forward.