8. What does our organizational culture mean for some of our colleagues?
"Surround yourself with people who:
- push you,
- challenge you,
- make you laugh,
- make you better,
- make you happy." #LifeAtVegaIT
I love this job and all the colleagues and associates around me. Before I came to work at Vega IT I could not even imagine that I would meet a few persons in this company who would become my true friends. I am very proud to be a part of the Vega IT team and to be given the opportunity to grow comprehensively, both at business and personal level. Vega IT's company culture has become a part of my everyday life and I will carry it with me wherever I go and whatever I do.
As one of the first employees at Vega IT, I feel free to say that I have grown up together with it.
Although this should be just a workplace, I observe my work at Vega IT as something greater than that. The opportunity to participate in decision making and to give proposals makes me feel like Vega IT is partly mine. This is largely contributed by the "flat" structure of the company. When you share office space or kitchen with your bosses, you feel the equality and create a more intimate atmosphere that positively affects productivity.
When I came to Vega IT nearly seven years ago, I could not even imagine that I will find myself in an environment that would allow me to improve myself on a daily basis. In addition to improvements at the business skill, but also on personal level, we take part in improving our operations through proposals that are considered and accepted.
I share my workspace with colleagues who are just like me - enthusiastic and eager for new challenges, which makes me enjoy my job and like front-end even more.
I feel fulfilled when I look around and see colleagues who started to hang out outside of work as well. I was lucky to have my best friend join the team I work in, but over the years I have also met new people who eventually became my true friends.
There are days when the level of enthusiasm drops, but the moment I see the happy faces of my colleagues and feel their positive energy, I feel relieved because I know that we are facing another successful and productive day.
I see each new project as a challenge. Even when something seems hard and impossible to do at first glance, I feel safe because I have a team behind me who "watches my back" and I know that there is no obstacle that we cannot overcome together.
Organizational culture is a set of ethical, social and behavioral norms of an organization, which are based on the beliefs, attitudes and priorities of its members.
This textbook definition is both abstract and comprehensive, but it is quite clear, so the reader learning about the concept of organizational culture for the first time, is able to identify its basic meaning.
The following description will hopefully confirm its accuracy. When I first entered the premises of the Vega IT Sourcing company I was impressed by beautiful and functional interior, bright colors and consistently implemented style that had a business, but warm appearance. This gave the impression of a pleasant place where the adopted vision is fundamentally implemented and is immediately evident on physical artifacts. It made me think that people must be pleasant, business-oriented and good spirited in such an environment. I am glad that this feeling has not faded.
Vega - these are interesting, talented and industrious people, and even more than that. All of the employees are just like that. What I notice about them and what I keep trying to contribute to is emotional intelligence. In addition to problem solving skills, or carrying out entire projects we receive from our clients, high EQ is one of the important features of this young and successful company. Mutual respect, understanding and companionship make the everyday atmosphere at work pleasant and business-oriented. In order to rest from work for a moment, we sometimes interrupt it by spontaneous and constructive ten-minute dialogues about technical or other unusual vital topics.
Then all those who are present at the office participate in discussions and nobody is ostracized. Brilliant thinking, absence of vanity, wit and ingenuity of all colleagues suppress the inevitable stress and allow us to confidently perform our new tasks. The time we spend at work, in trainings, classes of English and German language, in the theater or cinema, on team building trips, creates an even stronger bond among us. Every day, we build mutual trust and improve our relationships in order to create a pleasant working environment by making an effort which we do not need to rest from.