Monday, December 22, 2014
I hope you are having a great Monday!
Today is Day 253 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. I've just done 10 minutes so far to get another day in the books!
Someone on my team just shared the horrific image below. I joked that this now ruins Elf-on-the-Shelf for me. The person in the photo is Dave, our Chief Operating Officer.
Yes, I'm aware of what this could say about SparkPeople as a company, so I decided to share a message about that. As many people know, despite having an enormous website and mobile apps, we have a very small team.
One of the main reasons this works is that our team is really smart and efficient at what they do. We also like to have fun as a team. All of this combines to lead to many people on our team staying with the company for a long time because it can be a great place to work with the culture we build and the mission we're on to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals using health and fitness as a springboard to success in all areas of life.
The "having fun" goal actually fits well with our goal to be very efficient. We like to say that if we continue to be efficient, then we're "allowed" to use some of the time saved from that efficiency to do goofy things like dress up as Elf-on-the-shelf and other fun activities -- like the team once re-assembled Dave's desk in the bathroom including a working phone line. They bragged about how it only took a short time to do this prank. He just worked from there for the entire day to "show them". I don't think this really "showed them". In fact, I think the team probably anticipated this response from Dave, so it just added to their joy :). Laughing is healthy, right?
Of course, this all makes it more fun to work with each other and keep trying our best to help more people.