A couple of years ago, we decided to carve time out of a busy week to make breakfast together in celebration of one of our team member’s birthday. This act has grown into something much more than recognition of a life milestone. Now, it’s an essential aspect of our organization’s culture.
Many organizations face challenges with lack of focus, indecision, and lost momentum. Whether these challenges are rooted in a need for leadership or differences in perspective, their impact can be far-reaching. We here at Bulb Digital are not immune to these challenges, and likely, you’ve experienced some of the same issues.
One way that we choose to combat this issue is by being intentional about building meaningful relationships. Here, we believe that every person has strengths, natural talent, and innate value. Because of that, we all have a responsibility to each other to respect the differences that make up our unique workplace. The relationships we’ve cultivated among our team are valued as highly as any accomplishment we’ve had over the last several years.
A couple of years ago, we decided to carve time out of a busy week to make breakfast together in celebration of one of our team member’s birthday. This act has grown into something much more than recognition of a life milestone. Now, it’s an essential aspect of our organization’s culture. The act of coming together over a shared meal has become a way for us to recharge, reconnect, and cultivate a sense of community.
Making breakfast at Bulb Digital can be messy. Since starting this tradition, we’ve become more efficient at the whole process. From setting up a makeshift short order kitchen all the way to clean up, everyone on the team pitches in and works together to produce truly exceptional food.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve created some pretty amazing meals together. We’ve made it all, from monster breakfast sandwiches, waffles with all the toppings, smoked salmon and cream cheese crepes, to biscuits and gravy. Yup, that’s right – we baked from-scratch biscuits in our little kitchenette.
In the heat of the prep and cooking, you’ll find no less than three sizzling electric griddles, a table filled with condiments, legitimately good coffee being poured, and plenty of healthy discussion about the week and coming weekend. It can feel a bit like organized chaos, but every birthday that comes, we are better.
This ritual has become part of the fabric of Bulb Digital, but more importantly, it has helped us facilitate connection. Every time we host one of these gatherings, I learn something new about someone. Knowing each other is an important part of who we are and how we care about each other. When we care, we look for ways to serve each other.
How might we create a studio we love? As always, we start off ready to dive into some brainstorming around an idea or problem related to the experience we’re working on. In this case, our studio coffee experience!
While some business leaders may think that being a good citizen and maximizing profits are mutually exclusive, that’s just not the case. By making a concerted effort towards sustainable work practices, companies are able to deliver environmental, financial, and social benefits to their business.
In everything we do we try to provide value to our customers, to our community, and to one another. Because of this, value is a term which is very important to us. When we say it, we don’t strictly mean money, but also the principles and standards that we strive to live by. These standards are ingrained into our business practices and are championed by each and every bulb in the bunch. We’ve written some of these values down to serve as mantras to live by.