We strive to be unswervingly self-aware, which facilitates being intentional about how we act, what we do, and how to constantly improve.
Equanimity (over Suffering) ⋮
We approach work with calmness and composure, even (or especially) when things get hard.
Aiming to Maximize Impact ⋮
As technology workers, we have the opportunity to effect positive change at an unprecedented scale and rate. At Asana, we strive to make the most of that opportunity.
Company as Collective of Peers ⋮
We have deep mutual respect, and trust our teammates to make decisions over their areas of responsibility.
Investing in Ourselves, Each Other, and Our Efficiency ⋮
To increase our long-term velocity, we make continual investments in improving the capabilities of individual asanas and optimizing systems to be more effective.
Trust in Judgement over Rules & Incentives ⋮
Rather than rely on hard-and-fast rules that dictate behavior, we give ourselves the flexibility to apply judgement at the time a decision is being made. This allows us to incorporate more context about what is happening, enabled by the trust we share in the decision-making abilities of our teammates.
Pragmatic Craftsmanship ⋮
Asanas take pride in their work and invest time to produce a quality outcome. However, we also take pride in continual progress and moving fast, so we make sure not to take craftsmanship too far before shipping.
We focus on our mission and working together to achieve it, rather than our individual advancement or the aggrandisement of the company.
Balancing Reason and Intuition ⋮
Both reason and intuition are important ways of gaining understanding and making decisions. To achieve the best outcomes, incorporate both.
Balancing or Integrating Opposites ⋮
Though it is sometimes tempting to pick an extreme point of view or compromise between two poles, the best outcomes often require incorporating elements of each extreme or, better yet, transcending them altogether through synthesis.
Transparency by Default ⋮
We bias toward making information about decisions available, both internally and externally, unless there’s a compelling reason not to. This practice helps promote trust within the team and facilitates constructive dialogue, because we can all see the details instead of just the net outcome.