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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.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Company Culture, Employee Development, Profit, Finance

What Elections Mean for Business

Posted by Dan Golden on September 7, 2016


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.

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Topics: Business, Leadership, Employee Engagement, Politics, Benefits

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.

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Topics: Leadership, Values, Employee Engagement, Company Culture

When it comes to being in an open, peer-driven discussion about running your business, you should always be willing to answer the questions you pose. So when Small Giants Community member Jim Mullaney of Edoc Service (Cincinnati, Ohio), posed six questions about running a business from a Small Giants perspective, we weren’t going to let him get away with not answering those questions about his own work.

How do Jim’s answers compare to how you’d answer the questions?

Am I building my company to last forever or to flip and sell it?

At Edoc Service we’re focused strictly on company growth, stability, and sustainability for the future. Selling the company is the farthest thing from our minds. Our current CEO may “age out” after 10 years and our strategy is geared to that timeframe.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Company Culture, Open Book Management, Fulfillment Orientation, Small Giants, Relationship Oriented

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