How one company nailed the group 'hug'

They are an affectionate bunch - by accident. It's not how they intended to be and it certainly is not politically correct to hug your colleagues particularly in this era of 'harassment' claims, but someone had to do it, and they did it right.

It started with a new employee walking in the door. Kris, the Art Director, walked up to her and gave her a hug. It was awkward. She held out her hand and he went in for the hug. Immediately she patted him on the back awkwardly. Then the boss came out and went to shake her hand, this time she was awkward because she didn't know what to do, and the boss was awkward because she didn't mean to shake a new female employees hand.

After a few days of settling in, she brought it up. "What about that awkward moment when I first started!". Everyone died laughing. It was funny and fortunately she saw the funny side to it as well.

But from that moment everything changed. This one person who broke down the barriers to create an office family, was instrumental in creating an office culture where hugs were greetings, that somehow were no longer awkward. 

Kris is a gentle giant. Perhaps he can get away with it, or perhaps that makes it all the more powerful.

Not long after another employee started, and she was hugged on arrival - afterall it's now a 'thing'. She loved it and is the first to hug people who go on holidays, start as a new employee or just because she thinks they are great.

There is a few things that have happened from here:

Sharing lunch

It's what families do and if this is your work family, it certainly will be something that you will learn to love about working at Marketing Eye. Lunches are a big thing and are something that is celebrated together. We make it together, eat it as a family and wash up the dishes. It leaves you with a warm heart and a bond that is unbreakable.


Too busy and stressed

Don't worry. This is exactly when you office family who know you well now, put their hands up and ask if they can help. They don't beat around the bush. "Your stressed out... let me help!" It is something that comes out of everyone mouth. The support is phenomenal to say the least. No-one need to have a stressful day because they are unsure as to whether they will meet a deadline. If you are not going to meet it, then everyone will drop their work, stay late and help you get over the finish line.


Personal space is gone forever

So, this is the 'thing'. Once you have hugged another colleague, all boundaries are gone. I am sure its like getting nude with your colleagues (ok, I'm not being weird, as it is a thing - not in Australia but for those who practice unusual ways to bond). So hugging is the norm. Kissing is not. Stealing someone candy off their desk is yours to take. Doing quirky pictures with your face all over it, so that when you come back from holidays you know you were missed, is hilarious but the perfect welcome home. 

This has all been the natural progression from our fearless, kind, generous Art Director who we adore. Who would have thought?


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comments ( 7 )
  • Maud
    Maud
    06 Aug 2018

    Company culture is such an important component in the success of a business. When a team can bond, it takes a company creativity and performance to another level.

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  • Tahlia
    Tahlia
    06 Aug 2018

    What a great story! Sounds like an amazing and positive company to work for with friendly staff and all being able to get along, I also enjoy having lunch with other colleagues

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  • jaimie
    jaimie
    30 Jul 2018

    This story paints such a vibrant warming picture of Marketing Eye. It makes you want to be a part of the work family. Once the awkward boundaries are broken down the fun and enjoyment of work begins!

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  • jaimie
    jaimie
    30 Jul 2018

    This story paints such a vibrant warming picture of Marketing Eye. It makes you want to be a part of the work family. Once the awkward boundaries are broken down the fun and enjoyment of work begins!

    Reply
  • Cherry
    Cherry
    27 Jul 2018

    This is so sweet. I enjoy having lunch with colleagues too, just like we are a family.

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  • Rachel
    Rachel
    26 Jul 2018

    I love the atmosphere of the company as each other would help with the works and get the works done, share lunch and celebrate events together, give out hugs to break the boundaries. All the acts help bring the team firm and build up connections. It's the way i am also looking for in the future.

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  • Russell Wong
    Russell Wong
    26 Jul 2018

    I like this story, mainly because I have always thought of the workplace as a family of sorts. The way you "broke down the barriers" is good to see; it's a shift between going to work alone, to going to work as a group. More importantly, it leads to everyone helping out when one of them is stressed or sick. It's a family.

    However, I would like to know: how you think other workplaces can emulate your example?

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