Around here, we use the expression “squirreling” quite often. I didn’t know that was an actual word, but my spellcheck didn’t underline it. Apparently it means hiding money or valuable things in a safe place. Well, that’s not what we mean when we say it. We prefer our own definition, which refers to when someone gets distracted or goes off on a tangent during a meeting.
Since Field Group is chock-full of wizards, geniuses, and specialists of all kinds (it’s true… just check our website), you can imagine how meetings full of impassioned experts might occasionally splinter down rabbit trails.
Now, the average squirrel might think that getting distracted and having short attention spans would be negative traits when it comes to getting work done. But we’re a little smarter than your average squirrel. We look at distractibility as an advantage, since it often helps us discover ridiculously creative ideas. What might seem like a short attention span is really a willingness to explore—an openness to possibilities. We’re proud of that. And, we have a pretty serious nut stash.
If we all thought in straight lines (“inside the box,” as they say), we wouldn’t have been able to come up with any of the stellar designs, campaigns, and other work that we’re known for.
The great part about working at Field Group is that we don’t have to be perfect; it’s ok if we’re, you know… different, or if we have short attention spans, or if we’re not mindless-employee-zombie-people. (In fact, we only hire people who don’t eat brains, but don’t tell the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I can tell if you click that link, so don’t do it.)
No one at Field Group could be called a “cog in the machine.” We aren’t easily replaced, because we’re all so unique. Our different personalities make us stronger together. Since we don’t all think the same way, we can offer multiple perspectives and points-of-view to make sure we’re seeing problems and solutions from every angle.
I’ve heard there are workplaces where they don’t allow squirrels, but I wouldn’t want to work at any of those places. It’s much better working at a place where I get to be myself, even if that person is so full of ideas that he could barely focus long enough to write this blog post.
Posted by Jonathan.