10 Dec Be gone and do good!
This is how we close our manager’s meeting each and every Monday.
Writer Annie Dillard famously said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” For many of us, a large portion of our days is spent at work; in fact, the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime. It’s safe to say your job can make a huge impact on your quality of life.
When a person comes to earn a paycheck, they do not change as they cross the threshold. They bring with them their conflicts, their history, the problems that kept them up the night before, and a variety of other users of our emotional energy stores. I have found it interesting to discover that even at work, people long for purpose and positive human connections. In short, creating a work place that can feed purpose and human connections can combat the baggage of life that they bring with them through the door.
I have made it Chemic’s mission to continue to evolve into a great place to work. I have always said that we may call ourselves engineers and do engineering type tasks, but in reality, we are in the people business. Our work is people intensive, emotionally intensive, and sometimes physically intensive. We do not make a widget or sell products to consumers. We collaborate and extract the best of our minds and wills to create an idea of project that will meet the goals and address the challenges of our clients. When we like the people we work with, and can rely on each other when they need it most, that most certainly creates a culture that leads to a superior effort for our clients. Faith, thank you’s, encouragement, recognition, humor, honesty, transparency, trusting our people to take care of their business, and quite frankly, a little bit of not taking ourselves to seriously, have all contributed to our success.
This is why our mantra remains “Our People. Your Priorities. Be a force for good.” This is the core of what we believe.