Sparck Story

I work in a very competitive field. It’s a kill or be killed industry and if you don’t do something, someone will gladly come up and take your place. Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of competition among my colleagues. There’s even been times, and I’m guilty of it too, when in the back of our mind we hope our co-workers fail so we look better. The negativity in the department was overwhelming. The amount of stress to survive was getting to the point where people were thinking about leaving the industry
completely. I was one of them. I was just about ready to reach my breaking point, when the CEO decided it was time to do something. He restructured the department so that we all worked on teams. Reviews were not only based on our work, but on how well we worked together as a team. Once a
month, we met with our manager to review how the team was doing, review our progress and discuss any issues. Everyone had a chance to talk. We were also encouraged to socialize with our team members. Our CEO understood that it was hard to find time outside of work to socialize with each other because we all have very busy personal lives, so instead each team was given one Friday afternoon off per month to spend time together outside of the office. It was great! We had a chance to get to know one another on a personal level. It was amazing how much we all had in common. Soon we went from a group of people who saw each other as roadblocks to our own success, to a group of people who depended on each other to help each of us achieve our greatest potential. Our CEO took a big risk, but I’m so thankful he did. I enjoy being at work and I look forward to being with my teammates each day!