Small Things Aren’t So Small After All


Small Things Aren’t So Small After All

You can tell a lot about a company’s culture and where it is headed by how it celebrates. This week I had the opportunity to experience a new organization celebrate Halloween. They celebrated it well. Here is what I saw and heard:

– The office was well decorated in all areas
– Most people dressed up
– The CEO and the rest of the leadership team dressed up
– A party was held and everyone who wasn’t on a call attended
– Employees were invited to bring their children for “trick or treat”
– Parents got the opportunity to introduce their kids to their colleagues
– The emcee was fun and considerate about the children (“Let’s not clap too loudly in case it scares our little ones.”)
– There was audience-based voting for best costume contests
– Premium parking spots were raffled off to employees who were nominated by peers for being helpful
– People had a great time and were smiling a lot
– Next year’s party is on the 2013 calendar

In a meeting I was facilitating, someone noted that a company’s culture is defined by thousands of small things that shape how people feel about the company. Not long afterwards, a person came into the boardroom asking if she could take the team’s picture in costume. She wanted to add it to a recruitment brochure with the caption, “Do you want to work for a company like this?” Small things aren’t so small after all.

Phil 

 
 

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