Our Inventory Coordinator team in our Distribution Center is responsible for keeping track of our product inventory. Ensuring we have the right product in the right place at the right time for our customers makes us a very busy bunch! In order to better serve our stores and our customers, our team recently split into a daytime and evening shift. Since we’re now not always physically together, we decided to start using our monthly team meetings as time for team building and reconnecting.
Each month, we select a different fun team-building activity that gets us laughing, and reminds us why we’ve chosen to be a part of this rewarding, exciting team. During the holidays, we each selected a Christmas ornament and described which characteristics of a leader it represented to us, and why.
In another meeting, two of our team members created a word game scavenger hunt. We all put on fun hats (to increase our Air of Excitement!), separated into groups, and looked for clues around the Distribution Center to find hidden words such as “heart” or “listening.” When we re-grouped, we talked about what those words meant to us.
I think the meetings truly serve to bring us together as a team and to remind us to have fun in our jobs. Leadership at The Container Store is about working with people, not working above them. A smile and a sense of humor is essential in all job roles and that’s what we work to bring to each other every single day!
Lisa W., Distribution Center Inventory Coordinator, 2 ½ years