I’m Shaahid Adams, HCM’s newest team member. This is my review of the latest 2023 HCM Team event.
The thought of interconnectedness often perplexes my mind. How we as humans are so different, yet all the same in the ways that matter. How a network of copper and glass can bridge the gaps between countries, and more spectacularly how a network of people can bridge the gaps between generations, cultures, ideas and work. The first virtual team event that I attended this year was truly a testimony to how powerful human connections are as well as how we often overthink things a little too much. It doesn’t have to be so complicated.
After being onboarded, my young age and inexperience left me rather nervous to engage with my team. After all, they are all quite knowledgeable in their respective fields. Thankfully, I haven’t embarrassed myself with anything too Gen Z just yet (I hope). I’m grateful that the team event gave me an insight into what the team was like outside of work. It was eye-opening to see the serious Jedi masters grab a drink and talk about their lives.
Our guest speaker, Anton Tymoshenko, really helped to break the ice. His comedy skit about life in Ukraine was simultaneously funny and educational. Despite the situation on the ground, Ukrainians still have a sense of humour. I was happy to hear that HCM also hired web developers, Lena and Larysa from the Ukrainian design agency ‘Gremcy’ to build our new website. They really knocked it out of the park. It is inspirational to see what people can do despite the circumstances they find themselves in. I think everyone should give more opportunities to that sort of people. They will surprise you, as they surprised me.