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Sweep the Shed

Written by Eric Ulchakere

May 20, 2020

As our nation and the world have come to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic, Apportis is no different from other companies trying to adapt to the changing workplace. As a telemedicine company, there is a certain element of excitement and validation as government leaders call for  virtual appointments to keep our citizens safe. That being said, it is still important to stay grounded in these new and challenging times. As a team, one way we have done this is to reflect on Apportis’ Core Values.

One of our values that has stood out and helped me individually is ‘Sweep the Shed.’ sweep-the-shedThis phrase is a mentality, and refers to the concept that no one is above the little things. To my knowledge, this phrase was made popular by the national rugby team of New Zealand. The “All Blacks” are perennially the most dominant team in international rugby, however they refuse to allow anyone to clean up their locker room after them.  This demonstrates the mentality of what it means to be apart of that team – even the best player in world isn’t above picking up after himself.

To some outside the sporting culture this may sound peculiar, but it applies to any team environment, including the business world. In the literal sense every employee does their part to keep the office tidy, even the CEO! But what makes ‘Sweep the Shed’ a core value of Apportis is what it signifies; that everyone is in this together. That there is no stratification, and when a task needs to be completed everyone on the team is responsible. So next time you see an Apportis team member, remind them to Sweep the Shed!


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