What Are Your Company Traditions?

by Joanna Pineda Posted on November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving On my way to work this morning, I heard a story on NPR about how immigrants to this country have adopted the Thanksgiving tradition and made it their own.  A Greek chef talked about how his mother made a Thanksgiving turkey but every other dish during the meal was Greek.  The story reminded me of the importance of traditions.

We tend to think of traditions as part of our personal and family lives.  But if we look closely, most companies have traditions as well and they bind staff to the company and to each other. Here at Matrix Group, over the past ten years, we’ve amassed a set of traditions.  These traditions include: a pumpkin carving contest during Halloween, funny awards and a white elephant exchange during our holiday party, pie during the June birthday celebration, naming each server after a Star Wars character, and creating a special glass after an especially important launch.

The traditions have become part of our lore and our culture.  It’s part of what we as staff have come to expect, and they bridge the gap between staff of differing seniority.  I, for one, think that we ought to recognize these traditions, no matter how small, and celebrate them, for they make work a better place.

How about you?  What traditions does your company observe?  What do they mean to you?

Happy Thanksgiving!  And may your holiday be full of Thanksgiving tradition, family and togetherness.

One reply on “What Are Your Company Traditions?”

Our company has its fair share! Great post BTW…

Some of them are very strange. I.E. If you or your spouse is pregnant, bring in donuts and label them “From baby Garry”.

Vidie has a cubicle wall, and she posts one or two questions every month, where people write often humorous answers. She also hosted the first ever virtual pumpkin contest with orange construction paper pumpkins and sharpies. I won with my Volkswagen Pumpkin!

Everyone in the office tends to diet here and there, last year we had “The Biggest Loser” competition. We shortly followed up with a wave of P90X (and some spoofs on that) floating around… I heard rumors there will be a repeat in January.

When people go away on vacation, they often come back to a few surprises in their office!

When we’re backlogged, we host “Work late night” – casual dress, pizza for staff, kind of a work/party.

When new employees start, we leave prank post it notes on their desk. My first week, I returned to my desk to find a post it note that said “The toilet is clogged. Sort it NOW”.

Good times, and I agree that this stuff is often the glue that holds things together. Looking back over my year with the company, I much more vividly remember the good/funny things than the bad things.


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