Tis’ the season!
As you may remember from last year, here at Savas we began a tradition to celebrate the holidays and season of gift-giving. You may have heard of (and probably have participated in) Secret Santa—the game where a group buys gifts for one another secretly, exchanges them, and the receiver must try to guess the giver.
Usually, this game begins weeks before the predetermined date of gift-giving with a draw-from-the-hat choosing of who you will be gifting to. We saw problems with this:
- It wastes paper — we are, after all, a digital company and enjoy doing our part to #savethetrees
- You can easily end up with yourself — and if you do, the whole drawing names process has to be done all over again
- Our team is distributed far and wide — even if you can be “present” via video call, it becomes increasingly difficult to “draw” a name when you’re not in person or without someone having to find out your selection and inform you, therefore giving them an unfair advantage in the gift-guessing
- It’s less fun than this way we came up with
There were a few other challenges last year, but ultimately Chris built a Slack app affording us the chance to bring Ben’s idea to life. Now, another year later, I give you: Savas Claus™ 2019!