Several years ago, imageOne began offering employees Community Days — one paid day off a year to volunteer for any cause or organization of their choosing. Although team members thought it was an attractive benefit in theory, few were actually taking advantage of their allotted paid volunteer time off. It's not that they were against the idea or were bad people (no way, our team is amazing!) — it was because we hadn't demonstrated the value that makes it an organizational priority.
In the past decade, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with many business leaders and one of the most common challenges that they face is in how to create a culture that promotes fun and gets great results.
I often read about the newest fad in fun workplace cultures; ping-pong tables, drinks, unlimited vacation time, putting for dollars, and other fun perks. And while those perks can certainly contribute to a fun culture, they are not the answer for an engaged workforce.
Many question when it’s time to turn off the fun and turn on the results. But having fun and getting great results are not mutually exclusive practices. In my experience, both are indispensable to organizational health, and one without the other does not create a healthy culture. Having fun without getting results is just goofing off; and getting results without having fun is… well, not fun!
Here are 4 ways that we have fun and get great results at SEI.
We’re cancelling all meetings and closing the office on November 8th to encourage 100% voter participation amongst our employees. We hope you’ll join us in actively encouraging civic participation amongst employees by joining www.EmployersForVTO.org. Here’s why we think this is so important.
Have you met Ron Alvesteffer? Perhaps you were moved by his story at #SGCSummit2016.
Maybe you read about the inspiring company culture Service Express Inc. (SEI) has cultivated on Forbes’ Best Small Companies in America list this year. However you’ve heard about Ron, and SEI, we bet you’re excited to learn even more. We sat down with SEI’s President & CEO to discuss the company’s Vision to “work with employees to help them achieve their personal, professional and financial goals.” Pour yourself a cup of coffee and settle in for a conversation with one of the leaders of America’s Best Small Companies.