During a recent all staff away day, awards were given to staff in recognition of their dedication and hard work, which is an extension of the 'digital' thumbs up we have been giving to one another via the HR platform, when we wish to thank them for something. Over drinks, we came to the realisation that we have many linguists, artists, craft makers and secret data scientists amongst us. We agreed it would be great to share and exchange some of these talents over lunch time sessions.
The examples included trouble shooting common excel queries or demystifying the softwares used by marketing or operations teams. In fact, we are most looking forward to the forthcoming knitting masterclass whilst attempting to hold a conversation in basic French (complete with berets for that immersive learning experience; sadly no wine can be allowed during work hours)
In so doing, we are building community spirit, empathy and gifting each other with skills we would otherwise be deprived of. The idea is also that by supporting one another, knowledge diffusion can happen in an organic way. Moreover it is the empowerment of others through problem identification and applying solutions to those vary issues that have been bugging us at work, and yet we are too scared to admit for the fear of looking incompetent.
I have recently received a goody bag filled with stationery, sweets and a mini trophy because I showed a Project Manager how to use Survey Monkey. I was so thrilled and grateful for the gift; naturally I had to send back a thank you card!