MicroD isn’t just another company with faceless employees who clock in each morning, work silently at their desks all day, and clock out before going home. Here at MicroD, we are a family. We celebrate each other’s successes both large and small. Every member of our team brings their own unique and valuable sets of skills to our company. The team-building, family environment that we have cultivated at MicroD is one of the primary factors contributing to our continued growth and success.
The Picnic Tradition
MicroD is celebrating our 25th year in business. Over the decades, our team has grown from the small office of family in Hickory to an even bigger family. We have employees from all over the world, with the majority living near our Hickory and Charlotte offices. Every year, as part of our endeavors to maintain our strong sense of family and community, we hold a variety of fun company gatherings. We get together each summer to host a company picnic for those who are able to attend. It gives us the chance to play together between the many hours of working together–in the same offices and remotely.
Because we’re always competing, we bring that healthy competition to our annual summer picnic. Come rain or shine, we’re always having a good time.
Here at MicroD we know that our company’s success relies on the success of our team. As such, we recognize the importance of celebrating that ongoing success through events like our Annual Company Picnic. This year’s picnic included both team building games as well as some fun activities to give our team members a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
As tradition goes, our company President, Manoj Nigam, welcomed everyone to the event with a few special welcomes. MicroD has been a growing company over the last 25 years and this year, we are bursting at the seams. We welcomed 4 brand new team members who were starting on picnic day and added a special welcome to all of our new team members from January’s acquisition of the Web Full Circle team.
While celebrating team growth is always a great sign of our company’s health, we also like to celebrate the ways our growing team gives back. Dana Helms presented our charitable support of the Malouf Foundation. Dana provided our team with a great overview of the incredible work the Malouf Foundation is doing in our community to help victims of child sex trafficking and their ongoing efforts to help educate the community on this very serious issue.
The Value of Teamwork
One of the special challenges started months before the group gathered in Charlotte for the picnic. We created a challenge to ask our teammates what they love about MicroD. We had so many creative submissions from our creative crew. It’s important to know what people love about working at MicroD. Whether it’s the friendly faces, the fun activities, or the innovation we use in delivering new products to our clients.
Our day was full of team-building exercises. From competitive puzzle challenges to cornhole and so many games between, we saw the competitive side of our MicroD team members.
MicroD thrives because of the dedication of our team. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of teamwork. Each of our team members has such expertise in their field. The combinations of the skills of our team members complement each other. This creates a unique strength that keeps MicroD at the forefront of our industry. Without the continued hard work of our team MicroD could not be successful, and we are honored to have a team that cares so much not only about the success of our company but also about the success of each other.
At our core, MicroD values APIC-G.
- Fully Committed
We take pride in the fact that our team at MicroD puts these values to work every single day. It’s why we love to come to work every day–and why we love what we do for our clients.
The MicroD CookBook
This year, we put our team to the test: the cooking test. MicroD, like many families, creates lasting bonds of friendship and community around the kitchen table. In short–we love to eat. Each month, we host a company potluck and taste the results of many talented cooks on our team. That’s why we created the first MicroD Cookbook. MicroD’lish is the ultimate recipe book from MicroD team members. From grandma’s chili recipe to the old standby million dollar pie, we piled our best recipes to share with our friends and family.
When the opportunity came to involve a charity with our cookbook, we looked no further than our backyard (in the furniture industry).
Giving Back to Charity
On January 28th, the Malouf Foundation invited its partners and friends to its showroom space at the World Market Center to learn about the vast and growing global issue of child sex trafficking and to raise funds to support rescue missions, survivor aftercare and education, and law enforcement training. During the event, Operation Underground Railroad founder, Tim Ballard, discussed his experiences assisting law enforcement agencies in the rescue of children from sex trafficking rings around the world and how aftercare helps survivors look forward to the future.
Shortly after market, Jake Neely, Vice President of the Malouf Foundation, contacted MicroD’s Dana Helms and asked if MicroD would be open to giving to their foundation. It was just around that time that MicroD came up with the idea of creating a company cookbook. As we considered ways that we could help support the Malouf Foundation, we quickly realized that our company cookbook was a perfect fundraiser! With the help of our dedicated team, who contributed the recipes for and bought copies of the company cookbook, we were able to raise $1200 for the Malouf Foundation
MicroD is proud of our ongoing commitment to give back to our community through support of community initiatives and programs. This Fall, as a result of our support of the Malouf Foundation, we have decided to specifically focus our community support on an organization to which the Malouf Foundation has brought our attention, Shoes Against Child Trafficking (SACT).
This organization was established in response to the poverty and trafficking in Appalachia and Southwestern Virginia. Shoes Against Child Trafficking has a two-fold mission
1) They help a local community project called the Poor Busters Project, which collects and distributes in-kind donations of food and other necessities for children. Currently, their greatest need is warm boots for children.
2) They educate community members about child trafficking in the United States, and they help them learn what they can do about it.
MicroD would like your help this fall with the donations of shoes. Providing shoes for children in underprivileged areas and children who are subject to child trafficking. With our help, we are contributing to their ability to escape the dangers they potentially face.
Headed into the fundraiser this Fall, we will have more information on the types of shoes we can donate. MicroD is exceptionally proud of our team for stepping up and helping make a difference in our community!
To conclude, this year’s Annual Company Picnic was a huge success. We thank each team member for helping to make this event so much fun for everyone. We would also like to thank everyone who helped to plan this event for us. Thank you for all of your hard work. This really was a fantastic event!