It’s been an engaging and enlightening week. I came into the Ona offices certain that the internship would demand from me nothing short of diligence and strong work ethics. But I did not expect that to be the case from my first day. I expected a day of orientation, but that lasted for an hour. I had a brief introduction to my coworkers and the next thing I was shown my workstation and given a laptop.
From my short observation, it was evident that the accolades Ona has received this year, from being selected as one of TIME magazine’s Top 50 Most Genius Companies as well as being the 2018 Gavi pacesetters for Ona’s OpenSRP app did not land at their doorstep by mere chance. It was a Monday morning and everyone was deeply engrossed in their work. I was inspired by just seeing how immersed my coworkers were in their work, be it out of passion or assiduity. The work environment here is fast-paced, yet the culture and atmosphere is relaxed. In my opinion this allows the employees to be themselves and get into their individual element. This in turn, allows the team to be collectively productive.