As a total career nerd, I’m obsessed with learning more about the behind-the-scenes happenings at companies. I love seeing people’s eyes light up when they talk about where they work – I mean, shouldn’t you get excited about going to work everyday and talking about your job? Absolutely.
So, when I find that employee who just LOVES working for his or her company, I’ve got to learn more about it. Why is it so great?
This week, I learned about the company, Greatist, an fitness, health, and happiness Internet media startup founded in 2011. I got a hold of Greatist’s Director of Office Operations, Amanda Delaney, to get the inside scoop on the company’s culture. Here are some of her favorite things about working at Greatist:
1. They’ve got creative team activities.
At Greatist, employees get to enjoy fun team activities on a regular basis. One of those activities is Test Kitchen. Employees split up into two groups, everyone gets a secret ingredient, and then the teams have to create a dish using that secret ingredient. Dishes are judged on creativity, taste, presentation, and health.
“My favorite test kitchen was when I had everyone make cookies without googling measurements,” said Delaney. “It gets pretty competitive and I’m always blown away by the team’s culinary skills!”
2. They’re workout buddies.
According to Delaney, employees head to the gym together at 4pm on most days, and at 3pm, they stop working to play music and do their burpee challenge.
“We definitely work hard and play hard, and are always laughing,” she said.
3. They appreciate each other.
On Mondays, Greatist employees “Pass the Boos” (two stuffed animal boo dogs) as a way to recognize employees.
“Every Monday at our daily standing meeting, whoever has the boos passes them to someone they want to recognize—someone that they think crushed it or helped them in some way,” said Delaney.
4. They know how to relax.
Do you ever wish there was a room in your office that was dedicated to relaxation? Well, Greatist has one! They call it the Cave of Wonders (COW) – It’s a little room with big pillows and cushions where you can go to work, nap, meditate, chill out, or just recharge. Stress just doesn’t stand a chance!
5. They’re a happy and supportive team.
“I love being part of the Greatist team because I’m constantly learning from my extremely intelligent and motivated co-workers,” said Delaney. “I love knowing that every day I will laugh about something…. People truly care about your well-being at Greatist. I’ve built life-long friendships here and I’m so happy to be a part of the team.”
Do your employees rave about working at your company? Tweet me @AriellaCoombs and let me know!
Photo credit: Greatist