How Values and Team Spirit Builds a Unique Culture at Bits In Glass

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How Values and Team Spirit Builds a Unique Culture at Bits In Glass

By Pamela Hampel, Bits In Glass

It’s been a whirlwind year for BIG.  The HR team has been working on a number of exciting initiatives. Funny enough, one of our projects had a surprising and resounding impact. We took a simple team-building event that had been batted around over the past few months and aligned it to our corporate values rebrand.  

BIG has an active Social Club with an ever-changing variety of members attending our monthly planning sessions.  The club tries to ensure that events are repeatable at all of our office locations and include as many of our remote workers as possible.

Over the past few months, the idea of cocktails and canvas paint night was thrown into the suggestion bucket but we kept putting it off with the intention of pulling it out again once the temperature dropped. At our most recent planning session, we landed on it, and it quickly came together.  

While researching local vendors, we stumbled upon Raw Canvas. They have a brick and mortar location in the Kensington area of Calgary. They have also partnered with local bars in Toronto and Edmonton.  While booking the dates with the owner Chrisann Bodi, she suggested a collaborative piece which has been a success with her other corporate clients.

It took a bit of thinking what we should paint when I remembered our Director of Marketing, Carol Sykes, had designed a beautiful image incorporating our recently released corporate T2L2C values of Team, Leadership, Customer Focus, Trust, and Learning. We had intended to have the values printed as vinyl wall decals and hung in each of our offices. I reached out to Carol and asked if we could steal that design and have each location paint it instead. Carol was immediately onboard – she could see the impact having our team contribute to piece that would be hung proudly in each office.

The paint nights were a resounding success. Each team member worked on 1 -2 canvases and they strategized with their neighbor to ensure a flow from one piece to the other. As the cocktails flowed it became apparent that for each piece to be successful we would have to rely on teamwork and comradery, which proved to be as natural as breathing for the BIG team.  The project provided an environment for a less formal discussion of how the core values came to be and how we live them each day. It also brought out a healthy competitive spirit amongst the different offices!

We were thrilled that this cross-departmental event helped institutionalize our core values and team spirit and look forward to using it as a nice conversation starter for our new hires and visitors. We’re looking forward to an exciting New Year at BIG!

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About the Author 

As Director of Human Resources, Pamela ensures that we scoop up the very best and brightest talent who help us grow our amazing company, work on great projects, and have a little fun in between. Never far from where the action is, Pamela and her team can be found dashing down the corridors toward exciting new adventures.

About Bits In Glass

Bits In Glass is an award-winning technology consulting firm that can help you set up systems that make your business operate faster, easier and more efficiently. We’re passionate about solving complex business problems through the use of information technology and business automation.

BIG consultants are committed to finding the most innovative solutions to every problem you might have and those you never thought of.

To help you improve your business, we partner with innovative companies like Appian (Business Process Management), MuleSoft (Systems Integration), Blue Prism (Robotic Process Automation) and (Customer Relationship Management).