At Republic, we aren’t actually corporate robots stored in closets at the end of the work day (although I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords). We’re people with talents, hobbies, and interests outside of our work providing value for our members through our phones and service. If you happen to wander the halls of Republic HQ in Raleigh, North Carolina, you’ll see dozens of framed photos of employees that answer the question: What Do You Love?
The photo series started out the same way most projects here at Republic do: wanting to do something different and more personable. Our art director (and official Mayor with ZERO votes), Sledge, used to take hundreds of routine headshots of employees, but came up with the unique twist to fill Republic HQ with art for just the cost of the frames. “A lot of people [who visit] say ‘Wow, that’s really cool!’. It has an effect on people,” he said, mentioning that visitors are excited to bring the idea back to their own offices.
There are a few rules (no live animals or guns), but employees are free to bring items to decorate the shot. Each photo brings a little of the subject’s personality, even if there’s more than one photo representing a hobby or interest. “We did three or four versions of shoes [photos], and they all came out different,” Sledge said.
This month, we’re adding new photos to the collection. Since the first photos were taken a few years ago, we’ve added quite a few new team members...and there’s plenty of wall space to keep decorating!
Have a hobby you’d like to share with the Community? We’d love to see your What Do You Love? photos (as long as they follow the Community Guidelines, of course)! Leave your comments (and share your photos) here.