Living our Company Values: Passion

7 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 third 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.

Passion: Doing things we love

A few years ago, we had four values, not five. Passion was added to our core values because we all agreed that something had been missing – conversations focused on our commitment to quality, relationships, innovation and professionalism didn’t encompass the enthusiasm that the team brings to work each day.

Passion is my personal favourite out of our five company values. For me, it's our point of difference and it's what makes Interpret such a great place to work. Everyone at Interpret is madly passionate about the work that we do - writing code, churning data, making maps, or sharing their GIS knowledge with the team through training sessions. Even our admin support staff are incredibly passionate about Excel, Word templates, PowerBI and generally doing stuff smarter. Everywhere you look, people truly care about what they are doing.

This attitude has led to a team that is incredibly driven. Staff engage with their geospatial interests both at work and at home. During weekends and evenings, you'll often find our people building Raspberry Pi, flying drones, hosting a GIS podcast or undertaking spatial analysis of bee populations. This passion for all things spatial is part of the team’s underlying engagement in the world of geospatial technologies, and is something that carries through into our work with clients.

But beyond all of this, it’s really fun to work in a team that is passionate about what they do. When people care about their work, and are invested in the results, an energy and synergy builds that is more than the sum of its parts.

Our passion for our work ties in to all of our other values. It's passion that drives a desire to innovate and do things better, and it's passion that ensures quality as we commit to doing things right. Being passionate about what we do makes it easy to build relationships and connect with other geospatial professionals around New Zealand and globally.

It’s common saying to ‘love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life’. While I think that this is an oversimplification, it’s certainly true that working with a passionate team, in an industry we truly care about, makes work a lot more enjoyable.