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About this repository

Tidepool's Employee Handbook was, and is, a labor of love. It has served us well in this GitHub repository for many, many, years. But as times have changed and we have grown, we have added a number of processes, people, and culture changes needed to support our growth. One of those changes involves moving our Employee Handbook out of this repository to a new public Confluence space.

In time, we will update this space with current content based on the reorganization of our employee resources treating the Employee Handbook in Confluence as our source of truth. For the time being, anyone is welcome to fork this repository to serve as a foundation for your own needs. Just know that unless clearly stated, this content is a bit outdated for Tidepool.

To review our latest policies, please see Tidepool's Employee Handbook in this Public Confluence Space.

Our Handbook

First, a thank you. This Tidepool Employee Handbook is a derivative of the Clef Employee Handbook. Although Clef no longer exists (sniff, sniff, we loved Clef), the fine folks at Clef made their handbook available to all via a Creative Commons license, and for that we are very thankful.

At Tidepool, we’re working to build an inclusive company with a value-driven culture. That’s an easy thing to want and say, but it’s difficult to practice because exclusion is often the default in our industries (both software and medical devices). It takes active effort to find the hidden biases in our companies and remove them.

This repository contains all of the policies that we use at Tidepool. It represents many hours of research, lots of thoughtful debates, and some serious introspection. It’s certainly not perfect, but we think it’s a great place to start.

Feel free to fork this repository and use any or all of these policies, and to modify them in whatever way makes sense for your company. We hope that by publishing them, other companies can benefit from our research and make their own policies more inclusive. (mccv has created a templatized version of the Clef handbook to make it easy to use this handbook as a starting point for your own. Note that Tidepool did not use this templatized version because our handbook diverged quite a bit from the original.)

All feedback and suggestions (especially in the form of pull requests) are appreciated. We’ve gotten several different perspectives to help arrive at these policies, but we are certainly missing many more and making mistakes as a result. This is a work in progress that we hope will get better with more time and more contributors.

If these policies sound like a place where you want to work, check out our jobs postings at

— Howard Look

CEO of Tidepool


Employment Policies

Hiring Documents

Benefits and Perks

Operations Documents

Onboarding Documents


Here are the folks at Tidepool who reviewed and contributed to this handbook:

We hope that many more people will suggest ways for us to improve these policies!

The first version of the Clef handbook would not have been possible without the thoughtful input from these great folks:


An employee handbook built for inclusion




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