When it comes to the workplace, staff culture is a massive subject. Entire blogs, books and business practices have been written and built around creating a healthy staff culture. Companies like Belay, Google, Amazon and more are being celebrated for the healthy, fun and inspiring staff cultures they create.
Here at Element Church we have had our ups and downs. We have had seasons where staff culture was at an all time high. We have also had seasons where the staff culture was headed down a very unhealthy path. Currently, we seem to be in a very good place. Sure, we still have hiccups here and there like every team, but overall, one of the things that comes up frequently about “how we are doing” is just being in a great place as a staff.
Compared to the places like I mentioned above, and others, we have a long way to go. In fact, I just picked up the book “Work Rules” by Laszlo Block which chronicles some insights from Google that can help you in creating a positive staff culture. All that to say, I’m always looking for signs that our staff, specifically new ones, are being immersed into our family well.
Upon my return from this summers three month sabbatical, I was informed about a new process we have for small group leaders to get plugged into our system and get the ball rolling on launching their group. I was incredibly pleased with the initiative of our groups team to think this through and implement the process, even while I was away.
Because I wanted to start a group this Fall, I filled out the necessary form online and waited to receive confirmation that I was in the loop. John, who is serving on our staff as a resident, is helping Pastor Andy (Associate Pastor) with many of the groups systems and structures. He has been tasked with the follow up process for all potential group leaders.
Now keep in mind, I only met John one time on his residency interview last Spring. He arrived on staff after I left on sabbatical. I had been back on the team for less than a week when I filled out the groups form and received the following email from John.