How to Foster Company Culture and Give Back from Afar

Like many companies around the world, SambaSafety has moved to working remotely. While remote work has the potential to feel isolating and damper overall company culture, that has not been the case for our team of “Sambans.” We have formed a remote culture team focused on hosting engaging activities multiple times per week to keep Sambans across our four offices connected. We have weekly virtual happy hours, trivia and bingo games, workout classes, gardening and drawing lessons, mixology classes, but the most popular event by far has been our Socially Distant Sprinter.

Two weeks ago, the culture team organized a virtual relay race that kicked off at 5:45 a.m. and ended at 11 p.m titled the Socially Distant Sprinter. The team of 23 runners, joggers and bikers logged an impressive 121.37 miles. All day long team members had a blast cheering each other on and sharing pictures, videos and stories of their leg on our companywide instant messaging platform. This event was such a success that the culture team knew we had to have another one.

Yesterday we hosted our second Socially Distant Sprinter and decided to not only use it as a team building event, but as an opportunity to give back to our local community. We decided to open up the race to even more Sambans, with each participant sponsored by two SambaSafety team members. Sponsors committed to donating a specific amount of money for each mile their racer biked, jogged or walked, with the participant donating for each mile as well. We chose to donate all proceeds to the Food Bank of the Rockies in an effort to help those in our community struggling with food insecurity during these difficult times.

Forty-five Sambans walked, ran, cycled, woke up early, stayed up late, brought family members and pets along for the adventure and cheered one another on all through the day (and night). They logged an impressive 257.3 miles which totaled over $2,000 for the Food Bank of the Rockies. This money will be used to provide over 7,808 meals for people in need!

We couldn’t be more proud of our team here at SambaSafety. Not only did everyone show up and rally around a great cause, they had a blast doing so. People built new connections and cheered others on, many of which they have never met in person with our offices being in different states. Working remotely doesn’t have to mean the end of great company culture. With the right activities, shared goals and technology, it can actually make a great culture even better.

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