When people think of fun corporate cultures, companies such as Google probably come to mind. Yellow Pencil may not be as large as Google…yet… but the culture housed within the walls of our offices definitely boasts a unique and fun atmosphere with excellent perks that make me excited to come to work every day.
Every company needs to understand that work cannot be reduced to simply clocking in and out everyday. Monster reports, “If people are having fun, they’re going to work harder, stay longer, maintain their composure in a crisis, and take better care of the organization.” Fostering a fun and inviting company culture can be the difference between an employee loving or merely tolerating their job.
At Yellow Pencil we are encouraged to promptly break from work at 3:00 every Friday to hang out with our co-workers, supervisors, and employers. Yes I said hang out, as in get to know on a personal level. Of course everyone is entitled to say no to the social affair, but who really wants to sit at their desk working when they can listen to hilarious stories about cats while eating Skittles in the lunchroom?
As part of the administrative team, I work in a separate area of the office, away from all of my co-workers. This makes it a little difficult to get to know them aside from sporadic chitchat that occurs between their trips to and from the bathroom. So one reason I look forward to Fridays, aside from the obvious, is the social time. This time affords me the opportunity to not only get to know everyone personally, but to better understand the projects we are working on and how our company operates as a whole. It is during these hangouts that I wade through tech lingo in an attempt to pick up what I was not exposed to during my arts degree.
Admittedly, Fridays aren’t the only chance we have to casually hangout with co-workers. While there are numerous chances to go on company ski/snowboard trips, play for the YP hockey teams, and enjoy the summer BBQs, Fridays are a great way to accommodate the schedules of everyone in the office. Not to mention, it functions as a great way to sum up the week, hear a few of Paul’s hilarious puns, and start the weekend right no matter how stressful your week has been. I don’t know if you know this, but we take TGIF pretty seriously here at YP!