Samka Architectural Solutions Limited is no different to any other organisation and there is often a them and us feel to the company. The perception is that neither Management, Sales, Design and Support people have any understanding of what Senior Fabricators, Installers, Fabricators and Mates do, equally this can be reversed and then the ‘them and us’ culture exists.
How do we overcome the ‘them and us’ syndrome?
We have regular staff meetings which give everyone the opportunity to discuss issues that concern them but more importantly to ensure that we gain some understanding of what each others job roles entail, what challenges both individually and collectively we are facing. It is a time to give praise to individuals and to hold a Tool Box Talk to update everyone. We have regular update meetings with Senior people so that they understand better the Contracts we have secured and do not feel isolated with piece part work. We communicate expectation from both sides.
We go for drinks together, we have a Christmas Meal together and when this fails – we go Paint Balling.
This is War!!
Saturday 13th October 2012 a team of six went paint balling at Delta Force in Reading – the group was supposed to be larger but illness hit us hard! The weather was cold but sunny, the venue was professional and well organised and the teams were managed by the organisers – three office people in one team and three site/factory people in the other. This was war! The team played hard and many bruises were evidence of the commitment that was given to ‘beating’ the other teams.
Harry Edwards one of our Senior Fabricator Installers was awarded Top Gun – of course he lets everyone know this as often as he can.
Padraig Kelly the Design and Contracts Assistant received a pellet in a very delicate area.
Nigel Bessant, Commercial Director, was covered in bruises!
The end result – a great team event that bonded ‘them and us’. Much laughter and banter. A trophy. And on-going debate about which team was better!
It seems we will have to have a return match in 2013!