Rounding Up the Year 2020 at Redwerk
March 1, 2021
March 1, 2021
Annually, it gets pretty busy at Redwerk on the threshold of a New Year. The bustle is not surprising, given how much there is to do in the run-up to Christmas. Apart from our usual pre-Christmas accolades and charity initiatives, this time we gave the floor to our employees to get hold of their perspective on the passing year.
Let's see what came of that.
Considering the vast amount of negativity towards 2020, it was pretty clear that we needed a little extra to finish off this challenging year.
The early December hung in the air a dire need to generate as much positive energy as was humanly possible. Hence, the HR department strived to get the employees into the festive spirit. To name a few corporate December initiatives and tokens of gratitude:
To top that, not long before the winter holidays, the bright minds from the HR department at Redwerk decided that it was time to take stock of the employees' improvements. The focus was on professional progress. Redwerkers were asked to recognize their accomplishments, such as introducing innovative solutions or proper decisions that enhanced project performance. Fair warning - it didn't turn out to be an easy task, but we will return to this in a moment.
A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes of this initiative. For first-hand insight into organizational details, let us hear out the HR team:
– Katerina, HR Specialist
The twofold questionnaire offered redwerkers to share their own work-related points of pride and to reflect on the traits they cherish about their colleagues.
As the HR team collected the answers, a curious pattern has revealed itself throughout almost all the completed forms. Under My achievements, a large number of employees humbly mumbled something like "I don't know..not sure what to say," along with "I don't think I've done anything worth mentioning."
We wouldn't have you think that our employees are just loafing about; quite the contrary. Just take a look at these impressive numbers:
– Elmira, Copywriter
– Alexei, SEO Specialist
The questionnaires brought us unanticipated self-reflection memos. Yet we did not take the results to mean that the initiative altogether did not work out. Some of the redwerkers did muster up the courage to showcase their professional growth milestones and accomplishments (even though in some cases captured in impressive, albeit cold statistics).
If we are to condense the self-appraisal results, the most common personal pride points were as follows:
We spend years studying. For some, sadly, the skillset building ends with graduation. At Redwerk, we put support capacity development efforts to help our employees achieve measurable and sustainable results.
– Karine, Front-End Developer
– Semion, QA Engineer
– Alexandra, QA/BA
Accepting new challenges pays off: this is the shortest way to broaden the scope of one's responsibility and grow as a professional.
– Mikhail, UX/UI Designer
Seems like this one sums it all: when we manage to successfully finalize projects, show initiative or beat the clock mitigating some issues, we contribute both to the company's and our professional development.
– Dmitriy, .NET Developer
No doubt left that recognizing personal success isn't a simple task in a number of cases. For talented, yet modest people it may turn into a real challenge. Our fail-safe was the following second question on the survey form: "Share your colleagues' small wins and big victories you've witnessed this year." That is where the Christmas miracle made an entrance! A real magnitude of commitment and all the hard work of our employees have been acclaimed through the lenses of their fellow workers. Those who skipped the part of listing their professional gains spared no effort to shine a light on their coworkers. Progress is best traceable in the details, which we saw highlighted with sincere words of well-deserved recognition and gratitude towards our experts who merit praise to the fullest.
To sum up the feedback we've received, let's go over a list of traits that make employees stand out, backed up with anonymous testimonials from the fellow-redwerkers.
Reliability and the readiness to take on challenging projects are indispensable for fair teamwork. Sometimes it takes acting as a team player; other times - as a one-person band to see the desired progress. A professional can tell the timing for each role:
"Andrey Gorbach successfully carried out the internal infrastructure projects' system tasks along with his DevOps tasks on the Justin Alexander project."
"Katya Sobko goes over functionality with a fine-tooth comb; never saw her discouraged by the complexity or novelty of tasks. She is always supportive and maintains effective control in line with ever-changing requirements."
A willingness to help others out with effortful issues unsurprisingly made its way to the top praised characteristics:
"Olga Dubskych has supported me throughout my 11 months with Redwerk. One of her many achievements lies within great mentorship."
"Maria Kachalova has a heart of gold. She stoically and with a smile deals with all the issues. Always nice to her coworkers and clients, always responsible about her tasks."
It wouldn't be much of a revelation to say that well-developed diplomatic skills are a must-have at a workplace; no wonder employees find them invaluable.
"Kyril Staroverov is perfectly qualified. He manages multiple projects efficiently to sustain a well-regulated and flexibility supported workflow. He is an excellent communicator as well."
"Sasha Ratushna, a marketer of my dreams! She successfully consolidated her team. Always ensures that her teammates feel appreciated."
Such results might be yet another proof that it is easier to praise others. From our standpoint, they convey the idea that our employees' highest caliber of professional expertise along with reciprocal support, gratitude, or simply a kind word in times of need always work their magic.
Encouraging employees to look back at their achievements should be approached as a good practice to enhance annual end-of-year corporate practices since any business that wants to build lasting relationships needs to run employee-recognition campaigns. For us, the key lessons from organizing this initiative are the following:
We are happy to acknowledge that the workplace approach at Redwerk helps the employees feel included, supported in developing new skills, thanked and recognized for their achievements. It doesn't take much to cultivate the participative appraisal culture in a supportive and respectful working environment. We are thrilled to keep developing in this direction!
– Katerina, HR Specialist