1. Talk to people; they’ll talk back.
They really will. There are no cold shoulders here at HCSS. I have not encountered one cold person, which shows that HCSS employs a really awesome group of individuals. If you want to meet people, say hi to them. Ask them odd questions, like, “What is your favorite song to dance to?” or “What was the last midnight snack you ate?”
Even if you don’t know the person super well, still ask because:
• All people are important and no one is a waste of time.
• In 3 seconds you can achieve a different level of depth.
• It keeps you on your toes so you don’t become an automated robot whose day always seems to be going ‘okay’ or ‘fine’ or ‘good.’
2. Sore? Take the slide.
The slide is not only fun to ride down but also really convenient when your legs are sore from company-sponsored strength training or bootcamp or just working out in general. And the slide leads rights to my office pod so it works out really well. I am living large. But not too large. Appreciation is key.
3. Working hard or hardly working?
Contrary to popular belief, office perks like ping pong tables, workout classes, team sports, a stocked kitchen, basketball, full locker rooms, and hoverboards actually promote productivity and high-quality work. I can’t imagine a workplace without these components — partly because this is my first professional workplace experience (and boy is the bar set high), but mainly because I have noticed the outcome of investing in these amenities. For instance, all of these things develop an engaging community within the company, which leads to more cohesive teamwork and an overall more positive work environment, which boosts productivity. And by encouraging movement, blood circulates better through the body, which sharpens the mind and stimulates creativity, also boosting productivity. Who knew ping pong tables and basketball courts had such a positive impact on work environment?
4. Running isn’t as bad as it seems.
I hate(d) running before working at HCSS. I don’t know if it’s because it seems to be a cardio favorite around here or because I really don’t like it and want to get better at it or because HCSS has facilities that allow for an early morning run before work that makes it more appealing, but since coming here, I have actually really enjoyed the sport. I think my mindset has changed. I no longer perceive it as a death sentence but rather as a opportunity to work hard to get better at something, instead of just automatically accepting defeat and moving on. This builds character. Running builds character.
5. True success comes from pure intentions.
HCSS encourages the Socratic question of “Why?” especially in regards to the reasons HCSS operates the way it does. From discussions that have stemmed from this question, I have found a very admirable idea that I really like and think should be every company’s mindset: True success comes from pure intentions. This can be applied to all areas of life. HCSS is focused on providing the best customer service in the industry. They are here to serve their customers. Monetary profit is a byproduct and not the main focus. They take pride in the quality of their work and the satisfaction of their customers. They didn’t come into the game aiming to make more money and dominate the field, they came because they saw a need that hadn’t been fulfilled, and they wanted to provide this service in the best way. They continue to grow and attain success because their intentions remain pure.