As I walked into the office, fashionably early of course, I was anxious to start my first day as an intern at a real marketing company. I wandered around the office until I was spotted as “the new intern” and directed to my bare desk with nothing but a laptop awaiting me.
I’ve never been an intern before and I had no idea what the Bluewater team expected of me, a lowly college freshman. But hey – they hired me so they must’ve seen something they liked.
As I’m given the grand tour around the office, I start to learn a few things about being an employee at Bluewater…
1. A spiffy coffee machine is REALLY cool and a fun way to start off Monday mornings.
2. A less formal dress code leads to a less formal atmosphere which leads to a less stressful workplace. Don’t get me wrong, these people work hard, but they just have fun doing it.
3. Communication between employees is key. I’m still getting used to the constant chatter over cubicals, conversation ranging from discussing the spelling of “unparalleled” to deciding upon the location of lunch.
4. Every so often, employees are found out on the company deck enjoying a sunny, Friday afternoon, celebrating a client’s accomplishment or completion of a successful project while socializing with fellow coworkers.
5. Lots of the employees at Bluewater are athletes, not by coincidence but by selection. According to Derek Kropp, teammates work together to win — just like how a cohort collaborates to generate success for the company.
This past week, I have learned that Bluewater employees are social but down to business, fun but efficient, and not just coworkers but friends. Now I wonder if I can teach them anything new…
How much value is placed on building a community in your workplace?