Deep rooted culture. Shared values. Common goals. Team work. Family. Friends. Commitment. These are just some of what makes us successful.
When we hire a newb, we look so much further than the basis of, “Can this person do the job?” We bring people in who we’d like to have a beer with, someone that we can connect with, someone that can be our new friend. I love new friends and I love making our newbs feel welcome and part of the ETE Fam. That’s what we are, we are a family. Our family wins together, we care about each other, we celebrate success together. But that also means that we struggle together, we support each other when the going gets tough and sometimes we even bicker with each other.
Last night a group of our technicians went on a team building excursion. This group of guys have been overwhelmed lately. Besides working remotely, they have not had the time to bond, or even just talk about anything that wasn't work. I could feel the stress throughout the days. Attitudes were short fused. Accusations were mumbled. But last night, we were a team. We laughed and joked and it felt great. And today, they shared pictures and laughed again. They are ready to tackle even the toughest claims today as a TEAM, because they are friends.
I am currently covering for a good friend who is out for an extended time. The portion of her work that I’m covering is not my favorite. I actually kind of despise it. But I said yes. I said yes not because I had to (even though I didn't really have an option), I said yes because she is my friend and I want her to return to something less than a crap show.
The benefits of building a work family go far beyond just being able to have a good time. Check out these priceless perks:
All work and no play makes for a boring day. Foster a work environment that allows for relationship building. Give people the opportunity to really know each other outside of the 9-5. When I work with my friends it feels a whole lot less like work and more like a grand adventure.
Let’s go climb that mountain.