13 September 2017

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Blog written by Natalie Scott, Senior Consultant at Interpret

At Interpret, we aim to be a completely values driven organisation. Here's the fourth in a series of five blogs, which explores what our company values mean to me, and how we as a team seek to embody those values in everything we do.

Connected: Doing things together

Business, like life, is all about relationships. It matters who we are and how we treat people. Our 'Connected' value is an important part of Interpret life both internally and externally.

Internally, I am very fortunate to work with so many incredible colleagues. I consider myself privileged to be part of organisation where people and relationships are so highly valued - it makes turning up to work a pleasure rather than a chore.

One of the ways we build a connected team is by organising regular social activities.  Our social club is responsible for planning a range of social events throughout the year, such as movie nights, rock climbing, pottery, cooking classes, fun family events, and our annual Christmas and Midwinter company dinners. These events frequently come about as a result of shared interests, providing an opportunity to get to know each other beyond the workplace. As the number of employees has grown, it is events like these that mean that everyone knows everyone else in the company, irrespective of whether they regularly work together. It has also helped us to remember to laugh, relax and truly value our colleagues.

Externally, being connected is a crucial part of our role in the wider industry. They say it's not what you know, but who you know. Don't get me wrong - we certainly know our stuff, but a huge amount of the value that we bring is around the people that we know as well. A critical part of our ongoing professional development is being involved in the professional community. This might involve serving on committees, presenting at conferences and undertaking outreach programs through schools. All of this is centered around building strong networks and maintaining relationships - in a nutshell, being connected.

The final very important element of our "Connected" value is about the relationships we build with our clients. For me, this is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. I love getting to know so many interesting people from diverse industries, and having the opportunity to build long-term relationships, based on trust and respect. It's incredibly fulfilling getting to know our clients and their organisations, understanding their challenges then being able to use my GIS know-how to find solutions.

Being connected is incredibly important to us on so many different levels. It underpins what we do and how we behave, internally and externally. If you'd like to connect with us, our door is always open!