The Soft Boiled Elk Code of Conduct is one of the ways in which we put our values as a company into practice in the real world. We set the bar high when it comes to the growth of both our company and our employees. This high level of value that we place on our staff as well as the open and friendly workplace environment is what makes us a great company and we believe it lets us hire more people, create great products and engange with our fan-base in a modern and friendly way. At soft boiled elk, we understand that great games can come from the strangest of places which is why we will always respect the opportunity for people to run a team and work on an idea and bring it to fruition.
Please read the code of conduct and our values, and follow both in spirit and letter. Each one of us at Soft Boiled Elk has a responsibility to follow and encourage the following of the code and values as well as putting them to work in our hubs. If you have a question or you think that the company is falling short of our commitment to making cool stuff a reality, don’t hesitate to contact us. What you have to say IS important to us.
The code must be followed by all of our employees and board members and any failure to do so can result in discipliniary action, including termination of employment or contract. While the code is written specifically for emplyees and board members, we do expect contractors, consultants and others who take a temporary assignment with us to follow it as well. Failure of a contractor, consultant or other service provider to follow the code can result in termination of their relationship with Soft Boiled Elk, severing ties for future work with us.
If you have a question or concern, contact your team leader or head to an appointed ethics and compliance group member. If you believe that a violation of law has occurred within the Soft Boiled Elk workplace, you must tell a member of the ethics and compliance group or a member of executive staff or a government agency.
Soft Boiled Elk prohibits retaliation, bullying or harm to any employee or director that reports or participates in investigations of possible violations of our code, policies, or the law. If you are being retaliated against, please contact a member of the ethics and compliance group.
Soft Boiled Elk is a company that users can trust. This is our most valuable asset. It is up to all of us at Soft Boiled Elk to ensure that we continually earn that trust. All of our communications and interactions with our users and players should increase their trust within the company.
Our products should make Soft Boiled Elk more useful for all of our users and demographics. We have many of them that span continents and decades but only one principle: “Is this fun?”
Being responsive goes hand in hand with being an honest company. We must recognise relevant user feedback and do something about it. If a user or QA member believes that something is inherently wrong with our games, we must not brush their feedback off. Continuous improvement and implementation of products through user feedback is what makes a company and being there to take on the task is what makes us so special.
We always strive to create a supportive and refreshing work environment where employees have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The crew at Soft Boiled Elk are expected to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias, and unlawful discrimination.
We value a person’s merits and skills over their qualifications, but having a diploma can be nice too if you have no experience as a developer or artist. We strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religion, veteran status, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, age, maritial status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any characteristics protected by law. We also make all reasonable accomodations to meet our obligations under laws protecting the rights of the disabled.
Soft Boiled Elk prohibits discrimination, harassment and bullying in any form – Verbal, physical, or visual. If you believe you’ve been bullied or harassed by anyone at Soft Boiled Elk, by a partner or a vendor, we strongly encourage you to immediately report the incident to your project leader or a member of the ethics and compliance group. Similarly, project leaders, management and developers that learn of any such incident should immediately report it to a member of the ethics and compliance group who will pass the information to the studio heads to promptly and thoroughly investigate the incident and take appropriate action.
Our position on substance abuse is that it is incompatible with the health and safety of our employees and officers and we don’t permit it. Consumption of alcohol isn’t banned at our offices but we encourage good judgement and never drink in a way that impairs performance and leads to innapropriate behaviour, endangers others, or violates the law. Illegal drugs in our offices or at sponsored events are strictly prohibited. If a project leader or management member has reason to believe that an employee’s use of drugs and/or alcohol may adversely affect the employee’s job performance or the safety of others around them, the management member may request an alcohol and/or drug screening. A reasonable suspicion may be based on objective symptoms such as the employee’s appearance, behavior, or speech.
Soft Boiled Elk’s affection for animals is an integral facet of our culture as a company. That is why we allow you to bring an animal to work as long as it can reside in an enclosure like a cage or tank. feel free to bring your hamster, gerbil, mouse, rat, snake, rabbit, lizard, or anything else that doesn’t need walking. If you’re unsure whether your pet is allowed under this policy, ask your project leader or a member of management.
When you are in a situation where competing loyalties could cause you to pursue personal benefit for yourself, your friends or your family at the expense of Soft Boiled Elk or our users, you may be faced with a conflict of interest. When considering a course of action, ask yourself whether the action you may be about to consider could create an incentive for yourself, or appear to others to create an incentive for yourself that would benefit you, your friends or family, or another business at the expense of Soft Boiled Elk. If the answer is yes, you should avoid it at all costs whilst you’re employed by us.
Soft Boiled Elk gets some attention around our products and our company culture. This is awesome, but, some information relating to the company, if leaked prematurely to press groups, bloggers, competitors or the general public, can hurt our product launches, eliminate competitive advantage and prove costly in other ways. Our responsibilities go beyond not revealing the stuff covered by our NDA. Employees must also :
Properly label and secure confidential material and, in some cases, dispose of said material properly.
Safeguard confidential information, patents, and copyrighted material received from others under non-disclosure agreements.
Keep our trade secrets and other confidential properties a secret.
Like every business, Soft Boiled Elk is subject to both European and non-european laws that prohibit bribery in every kind of commercial setting.
Soft Boiled Elk aspires to be a different kind of games company. One that strives to put human faces to corporate bodies. It’s difficult to think of all the ethical scenarios that we might face which is why we rely on each other’s judgement to uphold our integrity. We expet all developers, management, executive staff, and directors to be guided by this code. Being in the right on a scenario isn’t always an easy call. If you’re unsure, ask your project leader or a member of the ethics and compliance group.