Culture | October 23, 2014

Working Out Your Organizational Culture

Working Out Your Organizational Culture

At Social Driver, we are always seeking new and creative ways to make our company culture great. So whenever we can participate in activities that let us work with different team members in new contexts, we are all about it.

At Social Driver, we are always seeking new and creative ways to make our company culture great. So whenever we can participate in activities that let us work with different team members in new contexts, we are all about it.

That’s why we were so excited to welcome Jaime Andrews, renowned fitness guru in the DC area, to our office a little over a week ago to help us switch gears and break a sweat while bonding with our co-workers. After all: exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t leave their jobs.

Working (out) across teams

Jaime certainly kicked our butts: working in partners and small teams, she put us to task with squats, stairs, push-ups and burpees. This gave us the chance to work directly with teammates we may not interact with every day and encourage one another. Though the weather wasn’t on our side, we improvised and took our workout all over the office, from the stairwell to conference rooms. (We’re all about creative solutions here.)

Working out with JamieWe believe it’s important to find different and rewarding ways to work with your colleagues to accomplish a goal. In the past, we’ve traveled out to Harper’s Ferry, WV for a day of rafting – nothing like traversing rapids together to encourage trust in your team! We’ve also completed our “Quest for the Best” staff retreat, where we worked as a team to tour the best businesses, restaurants and exhibits in DC. Doing these activities together takes us out of our daily grind and inspires us to tackle new challenges together and creates a stronger culture of collaboration and trust.

Don’t hold back

After our 45 minute bootcamp class, we sat down to have an open conversation about personal wellness. The conversation was very free-flowing and we all felt we could ask Jaime – in full view of our coworkers – any random, health-related questions without embarrassment. We talked about healthy food options when you don’t have lots of time to prepare. We talked about the difference between healthy “bars” and bars that look healthy but are loaded with sugar, carbs, etc (a disquieting number of them, might we add). She even brought us all an example of a healthy bar option and a free pass to one of her classes downtown.

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Encourage breaking out

We also talked freely about encouraging wellness amongst our team. As we have grown, sometimes we have found it difficult or even a little embarrassing to reach out to a coworker and simply say: “Hey, wanna go for a walk?” This is a natural outcropping of our recent growth, and the introduction of new (and wonderful!) people to our team here. As always, communication proved to be they key: after some conversation, we quickly found we were all on the same page and resolved to be more open about approaching our coworkers and asking them to take a break or a walk, or changing a sit-down 30 minute meeting into a walk and talk.

All in all, it was a great way to the spend the last two hours of our Friday afternoon – and excellent fodder for Monday conversation around the coffee pot.

What kinds of activities have helped you bond with your coworkers? Let us know! 

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By: Erika Mark
Erika is a Social Driver alumni, now working as a Financial Recruiter at Robert Half Accountemps.