All Hail the New Roman Blinds

Michael Anguren and Ron from Kurtina

On a Friday-May 27, 2011 two wonderful men came into our humble office to install our new Roman Blinds.  Our office is situated on the second floor with built in glass windows on its two adjacent sides.  This would be a dream if you live in a place with a cooler weather but in our town, this can be a bit of a dread.  Natural light is good but too much can give you a headache plus it also renders the new air conditioning unit near incapable of doing its job.

North Wing Installation

Imagine the glee when our curtain provider offered us blinds that have the blackout effect.  Upon our request it just took more or less a week before they came knocking on our door again with all their installation paraphernalia, all geared up so to speak.

Since almost half of our team are positioned facing the windows they had to give way.  The first few drills into our wall were quite captivating but to my amazement the excitement everybody had were transformed into an undivided attention to their tasks.

Impromptu Meeting!

The next few moments that followed involved the conference table catering to almost all of our web designers and half of our administrative team.  If Kobe Bryant, the famous NBA L.A Lakers player stated that noise can’t block his shot then our team stood their ground and responded to his statement with “Curtain installation can’t block our work”.

Eyes sparkled with the earth colored fabric.  Directly put, this not-so-important event inspired and filled our hearts.

Some people may find our little joys shallow but we do like to keep ourselves that way.  Our joy does not come from gallant or extravagant things.  It comes from the people we’ve grown to love working with.  Our relationship with each other have grown and evolved quite dramatically.  With each other, it’s NOT what we have but it’s who we share it with.

Hurray the Roman Blinds!!!  No more unmerited tanning  🙂

Brand Spanking New Roman Blinds! Wee!

Beloved Admin

Exec. Assistant Julie and Project Manager Nizzi

Supervision is not very well liked.  This is a good thing to take into consideration since a quarter of our team is

Admin. Head and HR Amber

comprised of our administrative staff.  They are in charge of reprimanding, implementing rules, giving out memos, responsibilities and to generally oversee that employees do not abuse the clients or vice-versa.

Being in admin support, as I’ve thoroughly observed is not easy at all.  You are the shock absorber of the company.  Your boss or clients will relay good or bad feedback for the team members through your division and employees at the same time will air out all of their concerns to you.  You have to call the attention of the concerned party in the company and the ones that the company comes across with from time to time.  Stating this let’s face it, pride has no taste but it’s the hardest thing to swallow so you can very well expect that not all people will receive your piece of the cake with an open mind.

Most importantly, an admin over a bunch of creative people does not mesh well naturally.  Creative people are usually not used to rules let alone legalism.  Admin people on the other hand are more meticulous in keeping every part of the company well-oiled and cannot tolerate an excess of freedom that jeopardizes the majority’s well-being. This result to a few bumps in the road like a little bit of friction from time to time but I feel this is necessary for everyone to learn more about each other.

I don’t know with other companies but our admin found a common ground for everyone.  Everyone is meeting halfway and is getting along well with a certain level of understanding.  Don’t get me wrong, creatives are still creatives here but with the admin’s special touch given a more promising opportunity in the aspect of improvement not only in their craft but in a very holistic manner.

Proj. Management Assistant Krissy

Our administrative team members are not tyrants.  They mean business but they also love us.  They are the ones who push us to eat, yes eat!  Our eyes are often so glued to our screens that we lose track of time.  They also take care of things that we have no time to attend to and this is quite a relief.   Everything is settled properly in due time because all of us exert an effort to pitch in.  Everyone strives to be better because we all feel that everything is done out of genuine concern.

Thank you beloved admin!

The Illumedia Mission and Vision

  • Provide employees with opportunities for growth in his/her chosen field of expertise
  • Provide the opportunity to work in a happy and conducive environment for work where honesty and integrity take the front seat in dealing with clients and one another
  • Encourage lasting and healthy relationships with each other to promote the solidity of the team
  • Provide an open and constructive communication and allow a free flowing exchange of ideas
  • Promote honest work for honest pay
  • Deliver the best quality of work for each client
  • Give an opportunity to build own personal portfolio

There are thousands of Mission and Vision Statements out there.  They are uplifting yes but are they actually being achieved?  Illumedia was but a company that started off with three people and has now ballooned into a group of fourteen individuals.  It is officially now more than a month since we’ve actually moved in into a new office with a more organized set-up, I think it’s time for evaluation wouldn’t you agree?

For more than a month now new people have been welcomed, trained and given the chance to build their own personal portfolio.

Camaraderie is slowly being built through weekly company meetings, team meetings and trainings nonetheless. Correction and constructive criticism is practiced through the “Nip things at the bud” philosophy.  Anyone who falls into the twilight zone of inefficiency is given a little nudge and given more motivation to fuel up passion once again.

An organizational chart has been properly structured to grant a clear and open line of communication wherein any member of the team’s idea, sentiment or concern is without a doubt given ample opportunity to be heard.  So far, this has worked like a charm because response and feedback has been immediate without the compromise of disrupting the flow of productivity in terms of work.

Forty-two days is no guarantee on the accomplishment of what this company has set its heart to achieve but we can safely say that it is wonderfully right on track.