Sometimes, the simplest things are the most effective.
Following on from our annual teambuilding event, of which the theme was 'growth', every person in the business received the gift of a 'Sellick Sunflower Growing Set', which was given out last week. Our Managing Director, Jo Sellick, sent an e-mail to the business explaining the significance of the seeds, and how he wanted each individual to nurture and grow their flowers, with a prize awarded to the most successful sunflower.
With trepidation, employees planted their seeds, and mostly being novice gardeners they did not have a clue of how to go about it - "How much is 30ml of water?" "How deep under the soil do the seeds go?" and "How many seeds should I plant?" all being discussions of hot debate. Some employees have chosen to hedge their bets; waiting for five or six days to see who has grown the healthiest sprouts before planting their own in the same way. Some (myself included) have given themselves a competitive edge by taking their flowers home at the weekend.
So our offices are now adorned with miniature flower pots at varying stages of growth - some already needing to be re-potted, and some still shy of emerging from the soil. It's amazing how something so simple has sparked a buzz across the business. Injecting some fun and competition is clearly vital to instilling a good company culture and team spirit. For Sellick Partnership, this is a top priority - we have a 'one-team' mindset and encourage our employees to network and socialise across all of our offices.
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Budding sunflowers in our Leeds office