We are all in this together. And for many of us, DENSO is our home away from home. Because of this, it is critical that we develop a strong sense of comradery, community, and to have as much fun as possible along the way!
This is incredibly important. The majority of us in the USA do not like our jobs. According to a June 2017 Gallup Poll, only 15% of the world’s one billion full-time workers are engaged at work. It is significantly better in the U.S., at around 30% engaged, but this still means that roughly 70% of American workers aren’t engaged.
On some level, this makes sense. If something is super-duper fun, people will line up to do it for free. And sometimes really important things can, unfortunately, be a bit dull.
But I’ve discovered one huge secret to a good work life: Having a sense of comradery with your co-workers! If you enjoy being around the people you work with every day, then that makes a job significantly more rewarding. We all still have a job to do, but it’s a lot more fun with co-workers like mine.
It’s important that we see our co-workers as friends. When people ask me what I like about my job the most, my answer is always something along the lines of: I like the people I work with! I like our inside jokes, I like how we discuss our personal lives, and I like that I am able to feel comfortable in my own skin when I’m at work. Oh, and my co-worker Eli Aksovski’s shoes.
With that in mind, I’d like to give a couple of examples of teambuilding from my group!
One great way to spend time with co-workers outside of work is to play a friendly game of laser tag! Our group did this, recently, and it was a great way to bond, and create stories together. In between each laser tag match, we reveled in our favorite moments from the match. (Followed by some strategy-based discussion for the next match!)
In our group, we have a time-honored tradition (going back over 10 years!) of making a total celibratory mess of someone’s desk, whenever they celebrate a major life change or milestone, like becoming a parent.
Here’s an example from Rich Kraepel, going back over 10 years:
Our group was lucky enough to have two recent examples this year, targeting Joe Lubinski, and Andrew Kelly!
For long-time DIAM member Joe Lubinski’s desk, we decided to encompass his entire desk, wrapping it life a gift!
For Andrew Kelly’s desk, as some of DIAM associates may have noticed on your way to the Cafeteria, we decided to get creative with the streamers, with a few different types, including a multi-colored twist technique.
Last year, our group helped box food for Focus Hope, in Detroit. It was a great way to help out our local area, and work as a team. We managed to pack 885 boxes of food for homebound seniors.