Covid Donut Haikus
Donuts tend to be dehydrating, and are not obviously relevant to our business – but Covid caused us to contemplate the poetic potential of the donut, and to exploit its tasty appeal to be the catalyst for team-building during such socially-distanced times.
When Covid was declared a pandemic, our global business was already dispersed across several continents; working remotely was nothing new for us. We took Covid – with all of its necessary restrictions – as an opportunity to up the ante on our Teambuilding efforts. No socially-awkward Zoom-based activities for us! Instead, we launched a monthly in-house newsletter, complete with interactive challenges for the whole aquaBUBBLER Team. We made crosswords, conundrums to solve, engineering and craft projects, and…we wrote donut haikus! (A haiku is a poem of 17 syllables over three lines, a 5-7-5 syllable count. Haikus traditionally evoke images of the natural world.)
We took Victoria’s achievement of 0 Covid deaths & 0 local transmissions – symbolised by the donut – as our theme.
Ten of our staff thought outside the box and put their haiku into our aquaBUBBLER donut box (below). The authors read their haikus out loud at our Zoom Christmas party, and we all got to savour the wide selection of poetic flavours offered around.
The take-away from this experience was that getting off the track of that you usually trammel often provides fresh (& perhaps cinnamon-scented!) insights. Creativity is renewing on a personal level. And co-creativity is transformative for a team! So, we can wax lyrical about our donuts, as long as we don’t forget our water.
Editor’s note: We’d like to say that donuts partner perfectly with a glass of fresh water – but that would be dishonest: everyone knows that donuts go better with coffee, (or a big M from the school canteen as an extra-special treat).