As human beings we all crave for “connections and a sense of belonging”. A Harvard study, almost 80 years old, has shown that “embracing community” helps us live longer and be happier. At Venerate, we want exactly that – longer and fulfilling lives for all our family members. The pandemic has made random chance meetings, water cooler chats and impromptu discussions difficult. It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of work, reducing the quality of team interactions to being transactional in nature, without knowing much of the person at the other end. To get out of this remote working rut, Team Venerate have devised a novel way to help us all bond and grow together.
Venerate carve out time during the work week – “dedicated time” so folks can just interact informally and get to know each other beyond work. Our “Venerate Houses” initiative has taken inspiration from Harry Potter with 4 team houses namely- Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Each House has a House Head who leads the “Magical beings” into new adventures every 2 weeks to ensure Friday is indeed a TGIF!! Our magical beings orchestrate random, and sometime crazy games that help us to unwind and have some fun together.
For new joinees, one of the first things we do is make you don the “House sorting hat” – assigning you to one of the houses so you can find out who will be the other magical beings you spend time with. Some of these people could end up being your mentors, 2:00AM friends, game buddies or friends for life. So you are in for a “world of possibilities.”
Fun activity ideas are shared with the House Head to ensure that you get to maximise your points/ team scores. After all, we take fun pretty seriously – and like to reward novel, innovative thinking and a great team spirit. The House who manages to have the most fun and helps others to have the same, gets rewarded on a quarterly basis, with prizes awarded and a rolling trophy. Fun prizes are also awarded throughout the Friday games for the individuals who participate. Charades, playing detective, finding lost treasures, something in common games to help find common ground, Storytelling sessions et al. The list is growing.
Some of the other activities we’re bringing in include those with a philanthropic or social meaning – allowing us to do something as a team for the lesser privileged. All that, and we also have “Wellness activities” to help us rejuvenate body, mind and soul.
We value team spirit at Venerate and we believe true magic happens when everyone on the team gets to collaborate and co-create. Sometimes in our “busyness,” it may be easy to think that taking time out for such fun events is not a very productive use of time. If you are one of them, we would love to share with you the true benefits of just “connecting” with your colleagues.
With decades of experience in the IT industry, our founders understand what it means to be part of a successful team, how to juggle many priorities, the support systems required to be built in, and how to nurture and build lasting bonds of collegiate friendships. We are committed to having an open and nurturing culture: a culture that will build you to reach your fullest potential. We want your journey at Venerate Solutions through the Venerate Houses to be an experience of a lifetime….and a home away from home.