At Steinhafels we are known for our beautiful showrooms and high quality furniture, but it’s never lost on us that the number one reason for our success is our employees. Without our dedicated, hard-working employees, we would just be another store. It sounds cheesy, but we truly are a family here.
There are many different ways we promote that family feeling–potlucks, team events, internal contests, and an on-site basketball court–just to name a few.
Today, we take a look at an even simpler, more grassroots form of building office camaraderie. It’s one of Milwaukee’s oldest pastimes–one that lets individuals thrive on their own, and as a team. It’s a simple game that anyone can play, but takes practice and patience to excel at.
We’re talking… BOWLING!
A small group of employees gather on Monday nights at the New Berlin Ale House. It’s the team’s first year, so they’re still working out the kinks.
Team Captain, and Steinhafels HR Administrative Assistant Jimmy Eagle Jr., says it’s been a great addition to his weekly schedule. “My number one priority is taking care of employees being in HR, and when you’re out bowling with friends it’s getting to know each other better, so it’s kinda the same aspect.”
Jimmy has been bowling most of his life, so strikes and spares come pretty easy to him. NAS Coordinator Luke Greely is still relatively new to the office, and admittedly VERY new to competitive bowling. He jokes, “I’m enjoying it. I’m learning. Yeah, I’ll definitely continue on bowling leagues.. now that I’ve got my own ball, my own shoes.. I kinda have to!”
Software Engineer Jake Miller admits his sport of choice is golf, but was willing to give bowling a try. He says both take technique and practice, which he enjoys.
He also likes how it encourages building friendships at the office. “It helps to get people talking, makes the workplace more enjoyable, to have people to talk with. That’s one of the things Steinhafels is great for–good people, good company–and a bunch of snacks around the office.”
That is true–there’s never a lack of goodies, thanks to our generous co-workers!
While it may be awhile until they reach the prowess of the The Dude and Walter Sobchak, the Steinhafels Bowling Team is having a good time, and building invaluable chemistry that you can’t always get within the same 4 walls, 40 hours a week!