.
Lisa Morris

Opening Up at Opening Day: Traditions Build Company Culture

Lisa Morris | April 3, 2017

We walk through the gates of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, ride up the escalators and elevator to the Club Level and walk along the perimeter of the stadium through the long bending hall.

Fans of all ages and types decorate our journey to the suite that holds the best afternoon we’ll have since the fall, the last time we breathed in the Old Bay-infused air of downtown Baltimore.

Opening Day – a symbol of rebirth in many ways – calls us all out of hibernation and greets us with outstretched arms clad in black and orange as we emerge under the bright spring light.

For the baseball fan, Opening Day holds the promise of opportunity with a new season and a fresh start.

For the Bright Light, it delivers the social outlet we all crave since our last company-wide gathering at the Brightmans’ home where we celebrated the holidays.

This longstanding A. Bright Idea tradition invites our families and friends to celebrate their role in our work for a family-owned small business, recognizing how their support enables us to shine in the service we provide our clients.

Enjoying the game with our personal families and A. Bright Idea family all in one inclusive venue affords us a posture of appreciation. We thank our families and friends, and we thank each other with a spirited high-five over a homerun or a warm chicken tender. We also express immense gratitude for the “manager” and “head coach” of our award-winning team as they share their guidance all year long and provide this opportunity to fuel our collective souls.

Just like the collaboration of a winning baseball team, a supportive family and a collaborative creative team lead to the success we experience in supporting our clients’ goals.

Company traditions and all-hands outings like Opening Day help build the culture over revelations of shared interests and commonalities. When we step away from our desks for the afternoon and see past the professional to interact with the human, we learn things about each other.

You step out for five minutes during the seventh inning stretch while the pizza arrives, and a colleague saves you a slice before the stampede of children demolishes it all. You are forever grateful, and you now share a bond with that fellow human that translates back to the office when you reassume your professional roles.

Recognizing the power of bread and melted cheese, there’s no telling what an array of dessert can do. With our Verbal team’s typical vice of coffee and the Visual team’s of Mountain Dew, we’re a little obsessed with sugar. So, naturally, the dessert cart brings us to new heights, both in sugar highs and team spirit.

Whether it’s for the sport, the camaraderie, the food or the relief of trousers and pencil skirts for Orioles gear, we look forward to this exciting event every year.

Perhaps it’s the solar energy powering our bulbs, but our lights do seem to shine a little brighter once exposed to the aura of Opening Day.

We’ll see you all at the Yard!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

seven − 3 =

210 Archer Street, Bel Air, MD 21014 | (p) 410.836.7180 | (f) 410.836.0186
13750 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, Sonoma, CA 95442 | (p) 707.935.1377 | (f) 410.836.0186