From really big process and system changes to the tiniest details, there’s usually more than one person involved in the decisions around here. We like to call it "whole brain thinking." Oftentimes, when someone has a good idea, we gather a team to brainstorm it. If it’s a go, we make it happen!
I’ve worked at Rio almost four years, and I can proudly say I have never had a boring day here. It’s fun and challenging at the same time. Innovation and creativity flourish here. That’s what it's all about—getting a bunch of heads in a room and letting ideas flow freely. During one such recent brainstorm, someone had the great idea to create a video that shares a glimpse of the people here and their experiences. Here is what we heard from them:
"While this is the most challenging environment I’ve ever worked in," says Mark Shipman, a business coach at Rio Grande, "it’s also the most supportive." We’ve created an environment that drives performance and has fun at the same time. Rio has won New Mexico's Best Places to Work Award and New Mexico’s Healthiest Employer Award multiple times.
Alexander Graham Bell said it best, "Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds."
To learn more about what makes Rio Grande tick, here are a few links to previous posts on The Studio that shed light on our unique participative, principle-based and team-based working environment: I Want to Be a Part of It!, Empowerment at Rio Grande, and A Different Way of Doing (the Jewelry) Business. And if you are looking for a career in a fun yet challenging, team-based environment, be sure to visit our Rio Grande Careers page.Comment on this article
Registration is now open for this week-long event where you can get hands-on in any number of jewelry-making classes taught by the industry’s most beloved and talented instructors, watch demonstrations of the tools and processes that will enhance your work at the bench, and tour our 180,000 square-foot solar-powered facility. What a great way to experience Rio firsthand and start 2014 with a shot of creativity and learning!...Read the Rest
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Mark Shipman has written several posts for The Studio about various aspects of our unique corporate culture here at Rio Grande. Over this time, a number of readers have asked him what participative management is really like at Rio. Take a look at today’s post to learn (one of the reasons) why Rio is SUCH a great place to work....Read the Rest
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Rio’s Winter Workshop 2013 is on! Opportunities for learning abound during Winter Workshop, including a wide variety of jewelry-making classes taught by world-class instructors, an amazing hands-on demo room, and tours of our solar-powered facility! Check out a few of the week’s highlights and think about joining us next year!...Read the Rest