Virtually cooking together in the late afternoon is one way we continue to enjoy our co-workers’ company.
The second initiative involved bridging another gap. This one was a lapse in understanding between our team and a firm service center. I examined best practices in approaches, then asked for and provided pertinent feedback to solve the communications issue and knowledge gap.
Through the impacts I’ve been able to make at Grant Thornton, I’m developing a personal brand. I’ve learned a lot about networking and public speaking, and how to put these skills to use in ways I enjoy, such as in university recruiting. In my first year, I got to be on a panel at a firmwide university recruiting event. This led to a connection with interns, many of whom will eventually become my co-workers.
I look forward to inviting the new hires to join me and my co-workers for lunch after COVID-19 passes. My colleagues and I originally bonded through food, going out to eat at local restaurants. Now, in work-from-home, we’ve started virtual cooking lessons as part of our team bonding. Each week, someone volunteers to teach our team a new recipe, and the rest of us follow along with them. A co-worker walked us through lasagna, our tax partner took on chicken pot pie, and I led the steps to a spicy Thai fried rice. Recently one of our managers prepared coconut shrimp curry. It goes to show how accountants’ skills are way more than just looking at the numbers. We do this late in the day so after we’re done cooking, it’s time for dinner.