“I have lots of ideas and I want to develop new ways of working in my current job, because that way I can rationalize my work, and it would also bring savings in the long run. But then the Excel Man always comes and asks how much those ideas of mine will create savings right now.” These are the words of a well-qualified job applicant who had been discouraged by bureaucracy.
The Excel Man. The word echoed in my head on my morning run and at the office. I had a number of discussions about the matter on the staff room couch, which led me to believe that there are no Excel Men infesting our office. Our supervisors are praised for their understanding of both our technology and the everyday life of their team members. In addition, they respect everyone as the best experts of their own work. So it seems that our team leaders are quite conscious people. But then again, it isn’t enough if only the bosses are good.
We participated for the first time in Finland’s Great Place to Work evaluation, and we did extremely well. According to the Great Place to Work Institute, features of a good work place are credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. Each area is important and supports the others. Policies and practices are the foundation of working as a team, and strategy shows the way to go. But most important is the way we all live out our daily work. Am I credible? Do I respect the work of my colleagues? Do I treat them fairly? Do I feel proud of what we achieve together? Am I helping to create good team spirit? Everyday life cannot be improved with regulations: everyone needs to give their best personal contribution.
“Descom is full of very talented, dedicated, and responsible experts whose work can only be admired. It is easy to give positive feedback.” This is a direct quotation from the feedback section of our staff survey. It is only one of the many acknowledgements for our open atmosphere, our culture of helping others, and our commitment to our work.
I am humbled when I read such feedback, and warm feelings flow inside. How difficult it is to give positive feedback, and how much easier it is to complain about things that are wrong. Our work community is not perfect yet, nor does it have to be. We are on a continuous journey, but we are on the right track. Each new Descom employee enriches our work community; everyone adds to it a new perspective. As long as we don’t hire any Excel Men to complicate things.