Welcome to part three of our series on workplace culture. The focus of this blog is on the group of people at VAST who enjoy technology, and everything that comes with it. This group is eloquently known as “The Nerd Herd.”
If you look in the Merriam-Webster dictionary you will find the word nerd defined as, “An unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits.” I am writing this today to tell you that I respectfully disagree with that definition. Look around you in popular culture, and nerds have become what I call “the new cool.” Whether it is television shows such as “The Big Bang Theory” or the rise of comic book movies breaking box office records, it is evident now more than ever that being labeled a nerd has gone from a negative to a positive.
Our Nerd Herd here at VAST is no different. Their main function is to control and drive all of our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn). This is done through quarterly planning meetings, and also daily discussions about cool, fun, and interesting things going on around the office and elsewhere. Another aspect of the Nerd Herd is our blogs, such as the one you are currently reading. They help edit them for both content and grammar, and then build them directly into our website. Speaking of our website, it was totally revamped this summer, and our Nerd Herd played an important role. From the planning stages, all the way to completion, our management team had Nerd Herd members directly involved in the process with our website developers.
The best part about all of the things that I just mentioned is that the people in the Nerd Herd volunteer to do these tasks on their own time throughout the day. This is because they are passionate about it, and also because they have the trust and full support of VAST. When you create a workplace culture like that, only good things can happen. Just take this proud nerd’s word for it.