Recently after some Friday afternoon drinks in the sunshine, the team sauntered back into the office in Birmingham. We were in the capable hands of our Company Happiness Officer for one of our semi-irregular team afternoons.
Company culture has been described as what happens when the boss isn’t in. Therefore having a good culture is up there with the internet, ‘sufficient biscuits’ and ‘enough clients’ in terms of things required for running a solid business. Of course, this is especially profound when the boss is me and I’m in our London office quite a lot these days. On the face of it, we’ve found that everyone gets their fair share of dopamine due to an early Friday knockoff. But we’ve also found it has benefits for team cohesion, de-stressing and generally contributing to feeling like a healthy and vibrant workplace.
Victoria, our CHO got us to flex some lesser-used creative muscles. If coming up with branded video concepts is the bench press for our imaginations then cracking out the acrylics is our trapezius incline dumbbell shrug. In other words, we don’t do it often and people who do can look a bit odd.
It turns out we had an afternoon of stencils, acrylic by way of scissors, sponges, paint splashes and a reminder of basic colour theory. Then under expert supervision, we put together 6 really rather lovely pictures of Birmingham landmarks.
Then we retired three paces to the company pub.
Great fun and we heartily recommend it.
Internal Ops Manager and Company Happiness Officer Victoria slowly peeling back the stencil to reveal her image of St. Paul’s Church, Birmingham.
In case you’re wondering what Captain Binbag is wearing it is, indeed, his own home-made gilet.
Laser like focus shown by people regretting choosing landmarks with fiddly bits. Corporate video production Birmingham by Vermillion Films
This is what genius looks like.
A non traditional twist on team building with the slightly less catchy name of beer and vodka redbull pong.
Birmingham Skyline video production Birmingham by Vermillion Films