In late November, I landed an internship at an Atlanta-based design company called Sol DesginCo. My past work experience involves working for the U.S. military as an Active Duty Marine and later as a civilian contractor, and for a Piedmont Hospital as a project coordinator. So one of the reasons why I applied for the internship was to try something new, learn something new, make connections, and hopefully have fun.
Sol DesignCo. is a small company but it does a lot. From web development to branding to social media management. They primarily work with B2B (business-to-business), education, and social-good programs.
I started right around final exams. I know crazy, but they were understanding and flexible. I don’t really report to one specific person. I’m used to working in a team environment within a bigger body. These were the types of environment where the organization chart pinned next to my phone and computer. Working within a team environment in a small organization is very different. Everyone collaborates with each other on everything. This means that information moves differently; it moves faster. There are lots of overlap of duties and tasks. It took some getting use to.
When I first started, Shannon, the person who hired me and an executive and me, told me about the Monday morning meetings. The team goes through current projects, status updates, and assign tasks. I’m not going to lie, I thought they would be long, boring meetings where 1% of the information discussed would pertain to me and my assignments.
These are not your typical Monday morning meetings. I find it some what difficult to describe exactly what the environment it like. It is the total opposite of what I used to. First – it’s kind of weird to see people happy to see each other at work on a Monday morning. Second – the dichotomy of professional and casual is refreshing. I was always taught there is no place for fraternization at work. Fraternization was defined as any sort of familiar, casual, or personal relationship at work. So, if you and your boss are taking same tennis classes, one of you would quietly stop attending that class. This is to prevent workplace issues and conflict of interests. I get it, but I always felt like it was stiff. So I never asked my bosses what they thought about the quesadilla dish at a restaurant, or talked about interests and hobbies.
So imagine my surprise when I am at a Monday morning briefing, and the meeting opens up about Adam, one of the owners, and his smart watch that he got because he’s an avid runner. Switching gears in a matter of minutes to the business at hand. I like this environment. I can get used to this. I like Monday morning meetings.