We haven’t just heard that saying like you all have, we believe in it. That’s why we don’t just focus on work. We also focus on play. In fact, we even do our best to make work seem like play. It works well too because everyone here loves the work that they do.
But sometimes we also head out as a team for some fun like we did yesterday. About 15 of us got into different cars or got on our bikes and rode to Amoeba on Church Street. The minute we entered, each one of us felt a switch. Some of us remembered our days from college when we went bowling, some of us thought of dancing to the beats of 90s music, which is what they were playing there at that time and the rest of us thought of nothing but winning the game. Nostalgia didn’t excite us. Winning did.
Suddenly, our senses were sharper and everything seemed vivid. Now we don’t know if it had anything to do with the trippy lighting or the sound of bowling balls hitting the bowling pins or perhaps it was a mix of all that and our excitement about doing something together. But it felt different. Everyone was more at ease and cheerier. That’s what made us realize how important it is to connect outside work. Because when you are outside work, you see a whole different side to a person and it gives you a chance to connect more deeply.
For us at Peepal, that’s really important. It’s only when we are connected that we’ll listen to one other, absorb each other’s thoughts and come up with the best solutions to tackle any problem that we may face at work. And that’s exactly what we did at the bowling alley. We worked great as teams and not individuals. We listened to each other instead of talking over one another.
That’s our biggest takeaway from yesterday. Well, that and the fact that some of us are really good at bowling. And the ones who aren’t, I guess they’ll just get better because we’ll be going back there a lot more.