M+A Vision Week 2015
For the staff at M+A, today is the culmination of another highly fun and successful Vision Week —but what does that really mean to anyone looking in?
Started in 2007, Vision Week brings M+A together for personal and professional growth, self reflection, and an immense amount of fun! Every year there’s a distinct theme, with different events, educational seminars and competitions. This year’s Vision Week was focused on health, wellness, and teamwork. All M+Aers were broken up into teams and/or studios that competed against each other for a grand prize and M+A street cred. We were challenged to showcase the M+A orange, create the tastiest, healthy snack, dress the part, work together and be active!
With health and wellness being an underlying theme, employees were challenged (and rewarded) to be active—on- and off-the-clock. In addition to wearing pedometers and reporting our steps, we got out from behind our desks and were active in a variety of ways—documented through selfies, of course. We spent the week walking longer routes, playing with our little ones, strolling with our dogs, playing sports, and being outside. #ActivitySelfies
We also got to know each other on a deeper level through a fun questionnaire, DISC assessments, and a firm roundtable where employees gave feedback on firm culture, efficiency, leadership, and innovation. Many of these activities allowed us to work on communication skills – both in the office and with partners and clients.
And all of this lead up to a grand finale event: the M+Azing Race. You may have seen us bopping around town today: planking in Goodale Park, playing Jenga in Bicentennial Park, solving a crazy math problem at OSU's Numbers Garden, or frantically playing Frisbee in Arch Park. That is the M+Azing Race. The ultimate scavenger hunt and team building experience with two goals in mind: bragging rights and winning an extra PTO day.
Although the activities change every year, there are a few things about Vision Week that stay the same. It’s a week of getting to better know our colleagues, looking inward at the firm and our values, growing personally and professionally, and reflecting on how we can do better – all of which help shape M+A for years to come.
As a first timer to this thing called Vision Week, I have to say that I’m loving whatever M+A puts in the Kool-Aid—or maybe the coffee. It was so refreshing to join my coworkers in actively embracing this week’s activities – props to all of you who went all-out! I wasn’t expecting such a dynamic response. Everyone participated—even the senior level staff. We got creative, maybe even a little silly, and had a blast. I feel more connected and supported, but mainly just happy to be part of such a great team!
by MEGAN GROOMS
Megan graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in strategic communication and a minor in professional writing. When she's not working on marketing-related tasks, you'll likely find Megan at a concert or outside with her fur babies (dogs).