Archive for December, 2011

Treating New Team Members Well

December 14, 2011

One of the great things about working for Dave Ramsey at the Lampo Group is that they treat all team members equally well. This is especially true of the Web Development Team, which has its own flavor of generosity.

One of the Web Development traditions is to help new team members move. When I was hired, I was told that if needed, 5-10 guys would show up to help my family move in, which we gratefully accepted. When we moved in, which was a Monday afternoon no less, a total of 6 or 7 guys showed up, most of which were not on my immediate team but on our Endorsed Local Providers team. One guy even worked an earlier shift from 7:30-4:30 just to come help, and the rest showed up shortly after 5:30. We had all of our items moved in to our townhome in under 2 hours.

Since joining the team, I have joined this tradition by helping two other families move in. Both chose to move on the Saturday immediately before their first day of work, and both times we were able to move them in within 2-3 hours. They were amazed at how quickly we were able to get them in, and it allowed them to have a little more family time before starting work that following Monday. It is probably even more amazing to their spouses to see just how much effort the team is willing to put in for someone so new.

Last week something new happened. A new developer was supposed to join my team, but could not show up on his first day due to a medical condition that came up while he and his family were moving. For one reason or another, they had professional help moving them, so no moving team was assembled. It was not until the Sunday before he was to start that we knew he was going to be out. Since we all had to be at work during the week, several of the team members’ wives jumped into action. They cooked meals for this new family, helped his wife unpack and get into their house, and in general made this family feel welcome.

It’s not everyday that you get to work for an employer, a team, and with families that care so much about all team members, new or old.

What does your company do to help new team members?

We have a wonderful team here at The Lampo Group, and are always looking for more talented developers.