What does it mean to have happy employees? It is common knowledge that happy employees are productive employees. We also know that adhering to our values will maintain a healthy and vibrant culture. Happy people tend to go the extra mile with a smile. This is our value of provide more value than we receive in payment. If you are in a good mood and are happy, you tend to do more and give more of yourself. I want to share one amazing initiative here at Mytech and the individual who is leading the charge, Jason Rood.
Jason has created and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to develop the Mytech Warriors Challenge as a fun way to get the staff to participate and get to know each other better. The whole concept was launched at our Annual Banquet early this year. This is a company-wide engagement that will run until the end of the year. The idea is like TV’s Survivor, but fitting for an office environment! At our monthly company party, we all compete in a physical and mental challenge as separate garrisons (teams) and earn immunities, rewards, and we rack up points (battle axes) through the year. At the end of the year, the winning garrison members receive cash and a limousine ride to a fancy restaurant.
“There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. It goes without saying that no company, small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it.” – Jack Welch, former CEO of GE
Jason has done something incredible here to elevate culture and have a lot of fun in the process. Not only do we have the monthly party challenges, but we also earn extra battle axes each month for doing an outing with our own garrisons and taking pictures while out together. The participation so far has been incredible. There is a buzz in the air and everyone is having an amazing time.
“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” – Stephen R. Covey
Our vision is to provide the best IT experience in North America and it is not just for customers, it means everyone. I know that we are getting the best IT experience as employees. The Warrior Challenge is ensuring I know my colleagues better. We could easily say we have too much to do at work to spend more time with coworkers. You would think that would be the norm, but frankly it is not. Most of the staff are eager to plan and join their teammates outside of work to get the extra points for the month. Sure, there is a prize for the winning team, but what we are already gaining in fellowship is priceless.
I cannot wait to see what Jason comes up with for our next challenge at the end of this month!