Buzzvil Core Values Workshop 2020
One day in November 2020,
buzzvillians all gathered together in one place to hold a workshop and discuss Buzzvil’s core values.
(This event was held at social distancing level 1.)
Buzzvil has four core values: growth, autonomy, communication, and indomitability. In this workshop, we took the time to review how vividly these core values work in the lives of buzzvilians and discuss how to move forward.
Starting at 8:00 in the morning, the EX team disinfected the event venue and prepared for the event. Buzzvil worked hard to set up COVID-19 preventative measures, with a thermal fever detection camera, fever detection thermometers, hand sanitizer, and surgical masks.
Although employees can normally choose their working hours, the event started at 9 o'clock due to the room schedule. Before discussing the company‘s core values in earnest, CEO John gave a presentation. He explained once again the direction of Buzzvil's business and even shared the vision for 2021.
After that, we buzzvillians were divided into 12 groups for discussions. As soon as the discussions began, the workshop venue filled up with passion. (The chocolates we prepared for all our debate participants, who had a lot of thinking to do, sold out in the morning!)
One core value was given to each table. Then the buzzvillians discussed how they realized it and what obstacles there were to its realization, and then in concise sentences, explained how to realize their core value in the future. Our goal was to put these sentences together, and then everyone voted on ten ways of work for buzzvilians to follow.
By writing their opinions, talking about them, collecting them, and making them into one sentence, buzzvillians appeared to be diagnosing the current status of Buzzvil together and seeking a better direction! As you can see in the photos above, we wrote the opinions and obstacles for the core values on post-it notes and posted them on the board while having a discussion. Therefore, I believe my own opinion and those of other buzzvillians were well organized.
The buzzvillians at each table chose approximately ten of the many sentences through the heated discussion and put them on their tables in the morning. Afterward, the buzzvillians went from table to table and put stickers on the solutions that they agreed with in order to realize each core value.
It was fun to find out what Buzzvil needs using voting stickers, but it was also an exciting time to gather together to discuss and explain each opinion. When gathering and sharing the opinions that received the most votes, many people nodded and sympathized. Seeing this, I could feel that they were having similar thoughts.
At the first special session in the afternoon, James from the EX Team gave a presentation about improving the meeting culture. He shared the survey results on meeting culture before the workshop and announced some ground rules based on it. I believe that Buzzvil will create a more efficient meeting culture, as determined by the buzzvillians’ votes.
At the second special session, there was a guide on managing the duties and direction of the Whale Mission Team, which is the Chief Architect of Buzzvil. Buzzvil’s members work under a matrix organizational structure divided into the Function Team and the Mission Team. The former team consists of people with similar skill sets. The goal is to pursue operational stability and product development and help with personal development. The latter team consists of people with the competencies required to achieve a specific mission. As an autonomous organization, it is disbanded when a mission finishes. At the session on the day, he explained how to work more immersively and make decisions as a mission team. The development/product teams plan to strengthen their responsibilities and rights mainly as mission teams rather than function teams through reorganization next year. Therefore, this day‘s session was very beneficial.
At the end of the workshop, an on-site survey was conducted in which the sentences that received the highest votes for each core value were collected, and a final opinion was selected. Everyone thought about it seriously, then pressed “Submit” and shared their opinions on the spot. The ranked agendas will be organized as “How Buzzvillians Work” to create Buzzvil that moves forward with one heart and one will.
Lastly, I‘d like to share the first and last group photo of the year. (It's too bad that everyone is wearing masks due to COVID-19.) Goodbye 2020. We look forward to a better Buzzvil in 2021.