We know our employees play a huge role in making Firmatek a
great place to work. That’s why at least once a year, we invest the time,
energy, and money to bring the whole team together under one roof at our San
Antonio headquarters. The week is filled with meetings, team building
activities, competitions, and social events. It’s something we look forward to
We believe that it is important to bring our dispersed
organization together. We have individuals working all over the country. Many
of them work in the field or home offices on a daily basis and only interact
with other members of the team via phone, slack, or video conference.
Technology has made it much easier for us to stay connected as a dispersed
organization. However, there’s no substitute for some in-person face time with
your team. Our employees really do put their team first, one of our core
values. But it is certainly easier to do that for someone who you’ve had a beer
with, maybe even thrown some axes with. (This year we tried something new and
went to an axe throwing place for team bonding, and it was a hit.) Bringing the
team together to connect is the most important reason we do this once or twice
a year. And it’s not just about our field team or even our larger operations
team. The importance of these meetings is about bringing everyone together from
Sales to Admin to Engineering to Ops.
“We are spread out all over the country. So getting everyone together for a week and learning about Firmatek’s purpose and our WHY is very important. It helps the morale and team comradery. It also shows how each individual has an essential role in our operation,” said Dallas VanZanten, Operations Manager.
So how do we bring these meetings to life? How do we make it
worth the money? The time? How do we get a diverse group engaged? How do we get
them to believe it’s worth it? I
wonder that every year. Often, at the end, I wonder if it was. There are
inevitably things that people didn’t like, things they think we should do
instead, activities that fell flat. It would certainly be easier to not do them
or allow the teams to be siloed by where one sits in the organization. But
that’s not the culture we want to cultivate at Firmatek.
One of the challenges that we have found as we have grown
beyond a predominantly field organization is how to engage the entire team –
not just our field or operations team. When we started these meetings 5 years
ago, we had 10 people and we were walking through and discussing our first ever
Standard Operating Procedures. We, and the meetings, have come a long way. This
year, we focused on communicating Firmatek’s purpose and brand with about 35
employees. It is something that is extremely important to our organization and
also something that each person, regardless of their functional area, needs to
understand and be connected to.
“Employees rarely get the chance to interact with their
coworkers outside of the office, let alone the President or CEO of the company.
Firmatek’s all company meeting provided the most in-depth understanding of the
company’s purpose and our why. Being a new employee, this week-long company
meeting provided me with supreme confidence because I’ve gained more insight
into why we do what we do and was able to look around the room and see who I’m
doing it with. I’ll go to battle with these guys any day,” said Henze Gustave,
We engage through teams made up of members from different
parts of the organization. We focused on personal purpose, as well as our
company’s purpose and vision. We celebrated company values. We talked about our
brand and some brands we admire. We celebrated standout performances and
individuals. We showcased unique projects and new capabilities.
We also had dinners, happy hours, and social activities-
like the axe throwing. These fun activities give us a chance to get to know
each other outside of the work we do. The teams that formed throughout the week
provided an opportunity to learn from people in different roles in the
organization, and they gave us a chance to get to know those people, the way
they think, and their strengths so that we feel more comfortable calling on one
another throughout the year ahead. In addition, it gets us out of our silos and
reminds us that each piece of the organization plays an important part in our
ability to serve our clients.
So, was it worth it? I believe it was and will continue to
be worth the investment. Hopefully, we will continue to make them better and
more worthwhile every year.
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