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    Let them eat cake

    About a month ago, I started my role at Vision6. I felt immediately welcome by the friendly team who were clearly passionate about building a fun and creative environment in which we all help each other succeed.

    I did not realise, however, the importance of Cake Day. Until last week.

    Each month, a team is designated to be the host of Cake Day and is expected to provide a delicious treat for the whole office on a particular day (at a very particular time) to celebrate the birthdays for that month. This month, the baton was passed to Marketing and we were determined to go above and beyond and give the office a Cake Day they’ll never forget.

    So we put our creative minds together, thought outside the box and decided we’d surprise the team with ice cream cookie sandwiches from legendary ice cream vendors, Mister Fitz. Yes, Cake Day normally occurs at 10:30 am, but we decided that the Deliveroo delivery time of 2:00 pm would surely be fine. That was our first mistake.

    This is how the day unfolded.


    From: Vision6 Team
    Time: 9:00 am


    From: Jess Pantalleresco, Marketing Manager
    Time: 9:01 am

    Cake day is 2pm today 🙂


    From: Ron Hook, Web Developer
    Time: 9:03 am

    2PM!!!!


    From: Scott Girling, Developer
    Time: 9:09 am


    From: Jamie Curnow, Head of Integrations
    Time: 10:33 am

    IT’S CAKE TIME! oh wait… WHY OH WHY


    From: Jonathan Tobin, Head of Customer Success
    Time: 10:34 am

    I’m hungry… email promised cake at 10:30


    From: Ron Hook, Web Developer
    Time: 10:39 am

    Waiting for the cake


    From: Jess Pantalleresco, Marketing Manager
    Time: 10:40 am

    We’re struggling with all of your whininess, one more complaint and NO CAKE FOR YOU.


    From: Caron Sulusi, Accounts Receivable
    Time: 10:42 am

    10:30 – Cake Day!!! Nope, 2pm…

     


    From: Jess Pantalleresco, Marketing Manager
    Time: 10:44 am

    That’s it, Cake Day is cancelled.


    From: Jonathan Tobin, Head of Customer Success
    Time: 10:46 am

    Cake and lamingtons in the kitchen.


     

    By 10:46 am, 16 minutes after learning that Cake Day would be at 2:00 pm instead of the usual 10:30 am, the team had taken matters into their own hands. They had gone out and procured their own cake (and lamingtons). Naturally, the Marketing team was shocked.

     


    From: Jess Pantalleresco, Marketing Manager
    Time: 10:46 am

    How dare you defy Marketing’s cancellation of Cake Day


    From: Ron Hook, Web Developer
    Time: 10:51 am

    Jess cancels cake day

     


    From: Bart Pilarczyk, Senior Product Manager
    Time: 10:55 am

     


     

    It was only 11:08 am and Cake Day had spiralled out of control. Some team members were hiding under their desks, hoping it would all be over soon. Others tried to step in and neutralise the situation.

     


    From: Irvin Krajisnik, Web Developer
    Time: 11:08 am

     


     

    For the next couple of hours, there was a sense of quiet in the air (and inbox). The team had eaten their 10:30 am cake and were temporarily satisfied. Until 2:00 pm ticked over.

     


    From: Ron Hook, Web Developer
    Time: 2:01 pm

    It’s 2:01


    From: Adrian Liu, Software Developer
    Time: 2:03 pm

    Where is cake


     

    I have to admit, I was feeling a little panicked that our delivery had not taken place. But I played it cool.

     


    From: Megan Mallon, Digital Marketing Coordinator
    Time: 2:05 pm

    Jess cancelled it?


    From: Sangwook Park, Product Designer
    Time: 2:07 pm

     


     

    I contacted Deliveroo and was told there was a slight delay. I remained calm.

     


    From: Megan Mallon, Digital Marketing Coordinator
    Time: 2:26 pm

    ATTENTION CAKE ADDICTS! I’ve been told that our Deliveroo rider is still waiting at [secret cake location] for our order to be ready and will race over to us ASAP. I hope you can all survive a little while longer. Thanks!

     


     

    At 2:33 pm, our delivery arrived at last! However, it was not ice cream sandwiches as we expected – it was just plain old cookies. I had misread the order. “Build your own ice cream cookies”, the site cooed. I personally feel it was not clear that ice cream is not included and in order to build your own ice cream cookie, you must also order ice cream. But the cookies smelled amazing and we decided all is not lost.

     


    From: Megan Mallon, Digital Marketing Coordinator
    Time: 2:33 pm

    Can you smell a delicious baked goods smell wafting throughout the office? Head to the kitchen now for CAKE DAY!!! (brought to you by Marketing)


    From: Jamie Curnow, Head of Integrations
    Time: 2:37 pm

     


    From: Jonathan Tobin, Head of Customer Success
    Time: 2:43 pm

     


    From: Irvin Krajisnik, Web Developer
    Time: 2:56 pm

     


     

    By 3:00 pm, despite the extreme hardship the office had been through, all 25 cookies were completely devoured. We considered that a success.

     


    From: Megan Mallon, Digital Marketing Coordinator
    Time: 2:59 pm

    Well I think the marketing team have successfully boosted engagement in Cake Day. GO TEAM!


    From: Sangwook Park, Product Designer
    Time: 3:15 pm

    It was a successful cookie day!

     


     

    Suffice it to say, this was a Cake Day the office will never forget. And while all’s well that ends well, I am glad that Marketing will not have to host Cake Day for another few months. 

    Megan Mallon
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