Growing a team to work alongside me has been one of my very favourite parts of Identify. We’ve done a lot of growing and changing since we started in April 2015. It started with just me – until I quickly realised that was going to lead to an awful lot of disappointed customers! (I was time poor, and had some gaps in my skills).
So I brought on a contractor, and then another, and then another, until a year later I had a team of eleven part-timers and contractors. It felt big, and it felt successful but I felt frustrated in terms of how deep we could go and upskilling the team was complex (we need to constantly upskill in our industry as things change all the time).
In November 2016 Rachel Gronback, our Digital Director, began in a full-time role with us, followed by Alexis and Holly. Shannon works with us as our admin support. We’re based in Orewa, and most of us have a very short commute. Plus it’s a short walk to the beach.
Moving towards a team of full-timers has meant we’ve lost a few of our contractors but we’ve gained so much more in terms of capability, focus and direction for Identify and our clients. Our team is built on the same principles we teach our clients – to focus on what is the most important, to then learn from your trying, to support each other, and to believe we can do it. We strongly support the need for down time, and discourage night time work, weekend work and work on Friday afternoons. We model what we want our clients to be achieving in terms of finding balance in their business.
If you pop into our office you may see our other team members Milly or Spud – our work dogs (or beg-for-a-treat dogs). We are not adverse to popping off to the gym or pilates during the day, but equally, we all love a doughnut every now and again. Because you know – BALANCE.
We’re more likely to enjoy working with you as a client if you love the idea of work being a part, rather than all, of your life. If that’s you, please get in touch.