Polygon Taps Airbnb’s Director Of Hr To Spearhead Its Decentralized Workforce


Ethereum layer-2 scaling resolution Polygon (MATIC) has introduced the hiring of Bhumika Srivastava in a bid to consolidate its technique and cultural ambitions for the corporate’s 500-employee world workforce.

Serving as the pinnacle of human assets and director for worker expertise at Airbnb for the previous 5 years, Srivastava arrives with an illustrious portfolio and plethora of expertise from her work in Web2, having occupied senior roles at Adobe, Yahoo, Tesco PLC, and Snapdeal.

Srivastava’s appointment marks a constant pattern in Polygon’s hiring technique of outstanding figures inside the Web2 area, reminiscent of the previous head of gaming at Youtube, Ryan Wyatt, being employed as CEO of Polygon Studios in January and, extra just lately, Tyler Sellhorn being introduced on to advertise Polygon’s decentralized working mannequin as head of distant. 

In an interview with Cointelegraph carried out on Zoom, Srivastava spoke candidly in regards to the requirements of management, Polygon’s parabolic worker development over the previous yr, and her ambitions to domesticate a thriving decentralized tradition which operates with sustainable high-performance. 

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Cointelegraph: Albeit solely being within the position for 2 days, how do you anticipate your place with Polygon to vary from that of Airbnb? And what are your anticipations in transitioning into the Web3 area? 

Srivastava: “I might say that Web2 to Web3 could be very redefining for HR. […] The groups are distributed, remote-first, working in a hybrid area, and everyone seems to be chargeable for their very own piece of labor.

What will probably be completely different is creating an worker expertise for distributed groups, a way of engagement belonging to the groups that are working in silos, and in addition empowering groups to take selections to work in an agile style, and never simply, you realize, ingrained in a really structured manner of processes.” 

CT: What do you imagine are your greatest qualities as a pacesetter, and what’s your timeline of feat? 

Srivastava: “I believe short-term outcomes and motivation [are] positively required, particularly in a startup. We now have a line of sight for about two to 3 months. How do you create readability on the priority-setting on your workers? You pay for his or her efficiency – rewarding them within the quick time period goes to be important. 

As for the long run, how do you have interaction the workforce to retain [them]? How do they get a way of function in defining and attaining the imaginative and prescient for the group in the long term?”

“So, it may be a mix of each. How can we obtain each quick time period when it comes to attraction and retention, and long run when it comes to belonging and engagement?” 

CT: Are you planning to work together and have interaction your workers within the Metaverse area, or will it’s solely by way of video conferencing platforms reminiscent of Zoom? 

Srivastava: “I don’t need to have that have. It is new for me, and a transition, however I am actually excited to check out new issues within the Web3 area.” 

CT: Polygon has recorded an worker enhance of 400% over the previous yr to 500 staff members. Do you imagine that’s a sustainable technique transferring ahead taking into account the present crypto bear market, and enhance in layoffs we’re seeing at firms reminiscent of Coinbase and Gemini? 

Srivastava: “We’re very acutely aware of the way in which we’re working. We need to scale the group, and never simply the variety of those that we need to rent, [but] to create high-performing, lean groups. For now, I will not say that we’re going to proceed with a 400% development price, however no matter is smart for us to create a sustainable Web3 platform, we will certainly try this.” 

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CT: What do you imagine will probably be your greatest challenges within the position, and what are your greatest ambitions? 

Srivastava: “I might say when it comes to the largest problem, […] how can we create an ecosystem the place we’re in a position to make use of individuals, conserving in thoughts the legality and rules of a selected nation? 

“The second is bringing collectively all of the groups who’re based mostly the world over in a remote-first atmosphere and create a way of teamwork, cohesiveness, engagement and a way of function.” 

So, these are two top-of-mind issues in the intervening time. After which afterward, how can we re-look at HR know-how for a Web3 group, particularly given how distributed platforms are working?” 


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