People ask me all the time what makes Camden different than other companies. There are a lot of answers, but a big one is that we are huggers. Yes, that’s right. Camden employees hug each other.
Hugging at Camden didn’t start on a particular day – It has always happened. When we see a coworker from another community, city, or office our natural response is to go up to each other and hug. And I’m not talking about the “Hey, I haven’t seen you in 6 months, oh how I’ve missed you” hug. I’m talking about “Hey, I’m glad you’re back from lunch, give me a hug,” hugging. It’s something ingrained in our company’s culture and is an important part of who we are. We have “embraced” our hugging culture in many ways over the years. One example, from our 2001 Management Conference, features Natalie Byars and Bill Sengleman demonstrating how various Departments apply their hugging instincts.
If you are a Camden employee who does not hug that’s okay too, we have remedial hugging classes available. So, on January 21st, National Hug Day, go out and hug. But remember – only hug the willing!