Bringing the work community home


At our house, we can identify the start of the holiday season by several events: high-school girls volleyball playoff season (my husband’s a coach and our daughter plays), followed quickly by Halloween, the opening of hunting season, and then Thanksgiving. Before you know it, I’m shopping for presents.

Last week, my husband’s school team played in a regional match. My parents were visiting from out of town. We ventured 35 minutes away to the host school, and I realized we had time to catch dinner with a co-worker and his family who live in the area. We’ve become good friends over the past 10 years – including my parents. In fact, as neither of us have a lot of family nearby, we’ve spent several Christmas Eves and Easters together, our kids making great memories.

It really struck me last week how great it is to meet people at work who blend well with your extended family. I still get greeting cards from the mom of one of the co-workers I started with nearly 20 years ago! The idea of a co-worker community outside of the office is certainly not unique to Mead & Hunt, but I will say community is encouraged and celebrated. I am sharing probably one of many similar stories across our company. That’s just the environment we enjoy.

Community building is intentional, and of course optional. But it appears to be making the workplace great for so many of our employees. Currently, about 20 team members are conducting focus groups (reaching about 175 employees) for an internal project on defining what makes Mead & Hunt, well – Mead & Hunt. What do we care about most? What makes us great? Why do we like working here? I can’t tell you how many times the words “the people” show up on that list. Over and over. And it often extends to our clients as well; many feel that what they like about our company is working for great clients who often become friends.

Maybe even friends who make you dinner over the holidays and let you bring your parents.

 

 


Kathy Schumann

About the Author

Kathy Schumann connects with co-workers by sharing their stories and experiences – helping employees see how they fit into the big picture of Mead & Hunt. “I have the best job. There’s a great sense of purpose helping co-workers be engaged and challenged by their work experience,” she says. When she’s not blogging, Kathy is editing e-newsletters, building the intranet and forming Mead & Hunt running teams.

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