Engagement Tip #49: Highlighting Employee Interests

I talked previously about my jump to Republic Wireless. I love the phone and the service, but I also love following the company’s blog and learning more about who’s behind all of that greatness. Recently they shared a very unique idea that I wanted to explore today.

At Republic, we aren't actually corporate robots stored in closets at the end of the work day (although I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords). We're people with talents, hobbies, and interests outside of our work providing value for our members through our phones and service. If you happen to wander the halls of Republic HQ in Raleigh, North Carolina, you'll see dozens of framed photos of employees that answer the question: What Do You Love? (Source)

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Photo credit: Republic Wireless

The company, instead of having silly employee headshot photos that nobody actually likes, gives employees a chance to show off their creativity, interests, hobbies, etc. For a number of reasons, I really like this.

  1. Instant conversation starter, especially for new folks, whether they are talking to existing employees or if they are talking to the newbie about their photo.
  2. Everyone is forced to remember that employees are much more than what they are for the ~40 hours a week they are in the office.
  3. This reminds me of the Dale Carnegie quote, “Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” I think Dale would agree that this satisfies that requirement as well. People want to be recognized for who they are.

Have you ever seen anything like this? Do you like it? Hate it? What are your thoughts? What would be on your picture?