“Is that allowed?”
That can probably sum up the number one thought that has popped up in my head during my first few weeks at Elevated. Let me give you some context. The majority of my career was spent at a major oil and gas company with over 48,000 employees worldwide. Along with an employee number, I had an acronym to identify myself. There was a process in place for everything (including how to hold a hand rail when going down the stairs because you know, safety first).
As someone who describes themselves as a creative soul who doesn’t always love to follow the rules, I wanted to venture out and try something different. I was curious to see what it was like to make a direct impact and be part of a team that lived out their values.
It’s the culture and the way that things are done that’s probably been the biggest change for me. From decorating my own office with pieces I picked out (and not the standard dry erase calendar with the company logo) to drinking champagne on my first day of work to celebrate, I feel like I am appreciated as an individual and definitely not just a number.
It’s not all fun and games though. Truthfully, I will admit that I thought going from such a large organization to a small one would be easier. I was proven wrong very quickly. Everyone here works hard. Incredibly hard. What I’ve learned in the past few weeks is that HR and People & Culture is done differently wherever you go. To add on to that, the larger the organization, the more tailored HR is to that organization. Needless to say, a lot of days I feel like I’m starting from square one…which has been humbling.
One thing I do know for sure is that I love being here. I love the work and I really enjoy each of my team members. Elevated is by far the most different place I’ve worked but in a good way. They demonstrate the importance of having strong values and culture and living those day to day. There is not hypocrisy or politics, what you see is what you get and that’s refreshing. I can’t wait to continue to be part of this family and see what’s in store.
Stay tuned folks, it’s going to be pretty amazing.
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