“What we learn becomes a part of who we are.”
Take a walk down the memory lane. Did you ever await the weekly craft class as a school student? The craft class, for most students, was a welcome break from the monotony of taking down long notes, the scolding from the teachers and an escape into the world of creativity via art and craft. Come back to the present day – how many of us actually long to go back to school days and those craft ideas? Most of us, right? If not for the love of craft, then as a medium to get some relief from the stressful life we all live today. How many of us would actually wish our work life to have a craft class to break the monotony at work?
Well, the team at MyNextHire actually gets to live that at work. As a part of our continuous learning initiative for employees, we held a monsoon-themed craft session. And did we all walk down memory lane? Yes, we did! In a way, the session was more than just a craft session. It was also a “best from waste” session – and our team learnt to create a beautiful wall hanging. We also had another agenda behind the session – showcasing teamwork as everyone worked together as a team to achieve a common goal. These sessions are always a success at MyNextHire. Apart from the stress relief such sessions provide, it also cultivates a unique camaraderie among team members and helps them learn new things from each other and these are not necessarily related to work. The end result is a happy team that gets together and works towards the company’s goals and targets. This time it was Megha who led the session on creating a beautiful cloud and raindrops wall hanging artwork. How apt given the rainy season is gone and we are facing the wrath of the sun! And how exciting to have your own rain cloud and raindrops hanging near a window!
Megha is a Software Test Engineer with MyNextHire. Her team activity session for the Continuous Learning initiative was not just about creating a beautiful wall hanging, but also about using the materials that most of us consider as waste – empty egg cartons made of cardboard, old or expired roll of cotton, old chart paper – stuff that many of us would throw out without thinking twice. Add a liberal dash of teamwork and you have a wall hanging that is sure to remind you of the monsoon long after it is gone.
So with Megha leading the team on this “best from waste” project, the team has a stress-busting craft session at work making a “Rain Cloud” wall hanging. They cut out the cups from the egg cartons, painted them blue, strung them on to a thread placing each inverted cup at regular intervals and there – the raindrops are ready to become a part of the wall hanging.
To complete the wall hanging, spare/old cotton was spread out and glued to a chart paper that was cut out into the shape of a cloud and the raindrop strings attached to the rain cloud. And now all it need was to be hung near the window so you could have your own personal rain 365 days a year.
The excitement was immense and it came from a variety of sources for each team member – the stress-busting craft session, the monsoon-themed wall hanging, the ability to create something that is not just beautiful, but environment-friendly as well and finally, getting to do all these at work, that’s a million bucks any day!