I know you’ve heard and heard, and probably heard some more, about our culture here at The Motley Fool. Some of you may be sick of it by now, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that some of you may want more – or wonder what it really is that makes our culture so superb.
Well, I can’t give you all of the secrets, but I can tell you that it is one full of mischief and passion for everything that you could imagine. As a member of Office Ops – please see the previous post titled “Ode to Office Ops” if you’d like – we make it our team goal to make Fools happy. We go far beyond ordering office supplies and lunch. In fact, the Ops team strives to create memorable experiences to enrich Fools’ lives.
How do we do that? We make people feel comfortable in their office setting, welcoming newbies at events when they may not know a ton of Fools yet, making sure people have healthy food to grab if they are having a busy day full of meetings, and managing schedules for in-house relaxation benefits – insert the oohs and aahs about our subsidized massages, manicures, and pedicures here. We also plan monthly events – including outings like zip-lining, going to a DC United game, or taking the day to go to Kings Dominion. And we also have in-house events quite frequently – including happy hours, international food day, chili cook offs, and pizza and cake days.
We don’t just do this to make it the absolute best place to work in the universe. That’s a given. We do it because we want Fools to have memories with their fellow Fools, with their families, and possibly even with trying things outside of their comfort zones. Some Fools work on a day-to-day basis with other Fools on projects, but it is hard to work with every Fool – so these activities provide the place and time to interact with each other without the actual work getting in the way. We here at The Fool feel that the better you know Fools – their names, jobs, and personal strengths – the better you can navigate your projects, and the more successful and efficient those projects become. Knowing everyone creates an omniscient collaboration. And as we continue to collaborate and get to know each other personally, we figure out hidden talents – like who can handle a grill, and who can win a Kinect dance off. Being able to pinpoint what makes Fools excited about life only makes all of our work experience that much better.
And if we get to partake in a few pieces of cake, and maybe even a massage, in the meantime – well, then, that’s nirvana.