Inc.com had recently published an article on ‘work place rituals’, which got me thinking about the rituals we have here at Rudkin. I started working here in March 2013 and have been part of three birthday celebrations and one goodbye party. That makes it total of four office parties in 5 months. And might I add the individual lunch orders are taken courtesy of Rudkin Productions. None of my previous work places had this ‘celebratory’ culture.
Before I attended the first Rudkin birthday party, which happened to be of my boss Kathy Rudkin‘s birthday, all my colleagues told me I should be excited, as this would be my first encounter of the ‘Rudkin Ritual’. I truly didn’t know what to expect.
On daily basis our office interaction is purely dependent on the project we are working on. Sometimes it involves hours of teamwork while other times in means a lonely date with your computer and keyboard for days in a stretch. Hence the ‘Rudkin Ritual’ is a good change from the everyday monotony of the work place. It gives all of us (employees of Rudkin Productions) a chance to interact and talk about something other than work without worrying about the ‘billable hours’. And what’s even more exciting is that there are stories from each party that do the rounds for months to come. Becca, our Office Manager remembers her first Rudkin Party by the following story:
I knew I was in a great working environment when I witnessed Josh’s birthday bash! Sarah printed out pictures of boy band members and handed them out to everyone to put in front of their faces when we sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY. We did not sing it the traditional way … We barked it!
In his article on Inc.com Lee Cohan states, “Effective rituals connect team members to each other, to their leaders…. “ and I think Rudkin Productions has successfully accomplished that goal. As Alan, our Creative Director puts it expressively:
Our birthday and holiday celebrations are really fun. We have food brought in and everyone crowds into the conference room and we eat, share stories and laugh a lot. It’s a great time to let our hair down and just enjoy being with each other without the demands of “I need this now!” I don’t think any of us wants the “company meeting” to end.
“Take a moment to think about creating something fun, easy and meaningful. Keep it simple. Start with just one ritual, stick to it, and don’t compromise it.” says Lee Cohan and we are doing exactly that here at Rudkin. Whoever said, ‘all work and no play makes jack a dull boy’ knew what they were talking about!
Until next time,
Tanvi via RP Team