Every year at our company Christmas Party, our staff presents thank you gifts to our owners. This year, I was in charge of giving that speech so I really got to thinking about what’s so special at CQL. Of course, the obvious things jumped out first:
- Employee massages. Yeah, we get ½ hour massages every other week. I think it definitely differentiates us from other companies. At a time when so many companies are cutting back, we’re still getting hooked up. As the HR person, I love seeing new employee’s faces when massage day comes and they can hardly believe it’s actually true. I guess when we tell them initially, they think we’re kidding??
- Free coffee. GOOD coffee. No generic distributor beans for us. Ferris Coffee is the only way to go.
- Pizza, pizza and more pizza. Yes, we eat a ton of pizza in these parts. Some actually grumble that we order it for every meeting.
I also appreciate the great work-life balance we have here. How many companies do you know of where (almost) the entire staff participates in P90X? We have two “shifts” that go downstairs each day and get their fitness on. Yes, while at work.
We also have a bunch of bikers and runners. In fact, I was out for a run this past summer around 3:00 in the afternoon. I thought to myself how nice it is not having to worry whether or not I’m in my designated seat at all times, aside from the hour between noon and 1:00p.
Oh, and I just happen to be the only female here at CQL. I also have a 3 year old son, who’s always been plagued with ear infections, so I probably appreciate the work-life balance around here more than average. When family duty calls, I’m all over it and there’s none of the famous Mommy Guilt. I can take care of what I need to, and have a real sense of calm about not being in the office. Talk to any working Mom and they’ll tell you there’s always a twinge of apprehension about being at home with their kid instead of sitting at their desk. Not me, because I KNOW how important family is to everyone here; it’s not just something we say to make us look good.
But even after all the things mentioned above, I just didn’t feel like the main reason this place is so great is because we get massaged, fed and worked out. The thing that sticks out the most is the everyday comradery and light-hearted atmosphere of the office. We actually LIKE each other’s company. Everyone here is very approachable and the general air is that you can be comfortable in your own skin and your own ideas.
Practical jokes are an everyday occurrence, and actually, our President is the main culprit of most of the jokes. I start to wonder if everything’s ok with him if he doesn’t come up with something off the wall every day.
If you’re a fan of Founder’s Brewing Company, you’ll likely to run in to our guys and see first-hand what I’m talking about. No Steve Jobs types here. You won’t find anyone pounding desks or throwing out threats.
As I go back and read through this, I’m well aware that so far I’ve painted the perfect picture and I sure don’t want to sugar coat anything. So, do we have our tiffs? Of course we do. When you’re working this hard and dealing with this much passion, there’s bound to be some blowouts. Trust me, there are. We absolutely have our breakdowns in communication, bottlenecks in process, and situations where the right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing. But the great thing is that we can get it out, get over it, and move on.
So this year I want to just say thank you to my bosses, my co-workers and most importantly, my friends. It’s a pleasure to come to work every day. For real. Our ideas, passion, patience and support is what I’ve come to expect and love about this place.