The Power of Our People: Celebrating Our Best Friends at Work
When we began conducting an annual employee culture survey, one question sparked great debate and conversation all across the company. Employees were perplexed and divided on how to respond to the statement “I have a best friend at work,” asking “what truly defines a best friend” and “why is this question in AEP’s culture survey?” One employee was inspired to demonstrate to others what it meant to him.
In 2018, Sam Queeno, director of Digital ID and Physical Security, created “Best Friend Fridays” as a fun and light-hearted way to talk about this infamous question. Every Friday he records a conversation with other employees. He began conversations with his team and has since extended it to others from across AEP. Queeno uses costumes, skits and humor to help others understand what it means to have a best friend at work.
“People think ‘best friend’ is some magical term. I see it as someone that you care about – you have their back, and they have yours,” Queeno said. “You may not always like the people you work with, but you’d still help them because they’re part of the AEP Family.”
In 2020, Best Friend Friday became virtual events with Queeno interviewing 45 different best friends including AEP’s Chairman, President & CEO Nick Akins.