Our company as organizations do grows its traditions with age. Though our company history is more than 30 years already, more than half the average lifespan of a corporation, our company in its current form is very young.
The first five years have been about products. With a small office for three people, our company grew slowly but steadily, selling good products at fair prices while maintaining low overhead. Tradition has been opening at day and closing at night, and the year-end inventory.
The next years after up to now however have brought dramatic changes. Leadership developed and luck blessed our company. Now, it's really about the people, good people, selling good products. More social traditions followed.
Some of our major company events such as Christmas parties and Team-building are recent traditions. They do not make much sense in a company of 3 or 4 persons.
Some haven't earned their keep to be called traditions. This new year's company outlook missed this year (Or I missed it somehow.) Last year's sportsfest and moon cake festival were unceremoniously aborted after typhoon Ondoy. Nevertheless, this year holds promise for the sportsfest's continuation with an already scheduled chess tournament.
These recent company traditions arose from normal progressions of relationships. As our company focused on people, relationships among develop to form cohesive groupings. Working with more people preludes socializing with more people. When there's stability, social interaction in and out of office contribute to each other's growth and group cohesiveness. Lack of maintenance on the other hand brings about apathy and division.
It would have been lacklustre if traditions were to arise only for its own, as a pure business decision without magic of innovation and communication, with a goal first and foremost to promote bonding as if it can be plasticized so conveniently. (But one can still grow from there, giving probably adaptation and creativity.)
Our sportsfest (or the idea of) have been borne in part from common sports played by fellow officemates. Our weekly basketball have been quite steady for the past year. Badminton, though it hasn't caught on, has fans such as yours truly. Chess? Table tennis? People among are finding common grounds of activities, on which to share and find unity.
As an young, agile company, we can expect traditions to come to show the Amici way. More people coming in means more possibilities of formation. When people go out, we expect changes. We must be alive to maintain the best traditions and let bad traditions die quietly.