We’re officially into the second quarter of the year, and we’re excited for all that’s to come. Last time we examined the importance of collecting and actioning feedback to develop company culture. This time we’re looking at utilizing some of your greatest assets; your employees.

When I first started my role as Culture Manager our COO was sure to encourage me that I was not responsible for coming up with every event idea. This was definitely a relief. I directed my attention towards ideas that would have easy buy-in from the team. What this meant was for us to lean into the ideas, topics, and activities that the team was already interested in.

Here are a few examples:

  • At the beginning of this year, we sent a poll to our team (shoutout to our previous blog on feedback!). This poll gathered their feedback on what events they would like to see. This poll influenced the events we have had since. We had many people state they loved games, so we had a trivia-related event in March which was incredibly fun. 
  • Our #fitness channel on slack is one of our most popular and active (no pun intended) channels. Our team loves everything from Crossfit, running, skiing, to yoga. Therefore, we’ve begun scheduling weekly virtual bootcamp workouts that everyone, no matter their fitness level, is welcome to join. We’re also currently running our April fitness challenge. We challenged our team to take 10,000 steps a day (or the equivalent) and post one fitness-related photo a week. Almost 50% of the company is actively participating this month!
  • It’s hard to find a group of people that don’t connect over food in some way. And our team is no different! We love sharing recipes and pictures of what we’ve cooked. One of our most popular #watercooler channel topics was about our least favorite foods. Leaning into this, we’ve scheduled a virtual cooking lesson this month. We’re learning how to make homemade gyoza from scratch with a specialist located in Japan. She’s catering to those of us who might be gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan and it’s open to those from all different levels of cooking experience!

In conclusion, what we’ve been learning is that it’s all about working with the current rather than trying to swim against it. Moreover, using what people are already interested in doing is a win-win: ideas are easier to come up with AND your team will thank you for it.