What’s 8,000 Miles Between Teammates?

Jan Leonhard

Not much, when you’re at Bronto.

I recently had the pleasure of welcoming two new members to our marketing operations team. Lanie Bongabung and Jaryl Fabio are working in NetSuite’s Manila office in the Philippines, a mere 8,743 miles from our office in Durham. To bridge the distance and make them feel like part of the Bronto family, I tried to do a few things I consider to be just part of “the Bronto way.”

Lanie started a few days before I arrived in Manila. While I wasn’t there on her first day, I made sure an email was waiting for her in her inbox, welcoming her to the marketing operations team with pictures of her teammates and a brief description of what we do. It also introduced her to the larger marketing team and included fun pictures from Brontoween 2016 and a recent team-building laser tag event. There’s nothing like silly pictures to give you a real view into your new team, especially when your VP is dressed as a drag queen in Vegas!

When I met Lanie in person, I presented her with a bag of Bronto swag. In addition to the typical notepad and pens that most companies give you on your first day, we also gave Lanie a t-shirt, Bronto freakers, stickers and lots of other fun stuff.

That afternoon, I introduced Lanie to the rest of the marketing team via email and shared five fun facts about our newest teammate. The next day, she was greeted at the office by a herd of inflatable brontos. These brontos are also a fixture around our headquarters in Durham, so we wanted to bring them to the new space, too. She logged in to her email to find 20+ welcome emails from her new marketing teammates, most of whom commented on a connection they had based on one of her favorite things.

I spent the first three days training Lanie, having lunch together and introducing her to people around the office. I took this opportunity to present some people with Bronto swag bags in appreciation for all the help they’ve given us.

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Later that week, Jaryl Fabio started with Bronto. With only one and one half days together, we had to do all of the above at a much quicker pace! But before I left, Jaryl told me that even though we had only worked together a short time, he felt like we had worked together for 100 years.

On Friday, as I was preparing to return to the US, they both wore their Bronto t-shirts:

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Since then, we’ve stayed in daily contact. Lanie and Jaryl even sent me a few pictures from their recent Christmas Party. They took Travelin’ Bronto along for the ride! Definitely “the Bronto way!”

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