In this article, Natalia Strelbytsky, Walter’s VP, People & Culture is sharing her insights about Walters Culture and what makes it unique.
This past Saturday was the day when I thought – I wish I knew how to skate. Picture one of the four NHL sized ice rinks at Mohawk 4 Ice Centre in Hamilton, pizza party with cake, Frozen II characters and loot bags for the kids? This was the event Walters families participated in, thanks to our relationships with Hamilton-Halton Construction Association (HHCA) that hosted a Family Skate Day for their members. Walters was a proud sponsor of this free event.
While I enjoy corporate events and opportunities to connect with my wonderful colleagues outside of work, there is something special about the moments when we bring our families together. When we do that, we connect with our colleagues and our workplace in a different way, we build relationships, we see each other in a different light. And as a result, we care more about each other and work better together.
Walters is a family business deeply rooted in its values and traditions that made this company so successful. We continue disrupting ourselves and embracing the changes necessary to continue up the winning path, but some things never change. And it’s the value of relationships, the value of people who are our family – either by blood or “by work” – that we will never lose sight of. This is one of so many powerful things that make Walters Culture unique and distinct from many other organizations. And you feel it almost instantly when you join the Walters team.
Who knew companies could offer better parenting classes over dinner for their employees and spouses? At Walters we do that, and our Engineering and Detailing teams are spearheading the initiative as part of our Values in Action (ViA) program. Why is it important to us? Because our people are more than employees to us, and we know they play many roles outside of work which they may need support with. And as a family, we look after each other. Does this sound like the right place for you to grow your career?
As writer Annie Dillard famously said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” And since we spend a good chunk of our lives at work, we at Walters want to make sure our culture is rich in empathy, support and a healthy degree of challenge to provide our people with opportunities to spend their days in a meaningful and fulfilling way.