While culture is the gravitating force of a company, it is safe to say that in the office, the coffee machine is the gravitating force of its culture. Despite remote-working measures and travel bans, we at PayU refuse to let go of the spirit-lifting charm of the chit-chat over a freshly brewed cup of coffee. So, along with all business-related meetings, we moved our beloved coffee catch-ups from the office kitchens over to Microsoft Teams.
The format goes on like this – once a week, 15 employees from different teams across the globe join Mario Shiliashki, our CEO of Payments, for a casual meet-up. No agenda, no plan, no strategy – just sharing a cup of coffee while sharing thoughts, impressions, and stories. The exchange of experiences around different coping strategies regarding adaptation to the new normal is perceived as incredibly valuable by both employees and Mario.
The casualness of the format and the dedicated safe space turn these meetings into true highlights. They enable our PayUneers to tap directly into senior leadership’s inspiration, providing them with refreshing, different perspectives and a better, more profound understanding of PayU’s strategy and vision. While Mario’s presence and commitment are invaluable, the cultural, professional, and personal diversity also empowers the participants to be straightforward, curious, and authentic.