Votion employees recently participated in a Spirit Week contest to bring some friendly competition into the office.
The goal: Participating in the “challenge” for each day of the week to win.
The week started out with a “company colors” challenge, where everyone was told to wear Votion colors — green and purple.
Tuesday was a “ugly scarf and tie day.” Team members came to work wearing their ugliest scarf or tie.
Wednesday’s challenge was to see which employee could perform the best in the field that day. Then Thursday’s challenge was extra fun: “dress up like who you wanted to be when you grew up.”
The week ended with a “casual Friday” challenge. (We think this was everyone’s favorite, to be honest.) 🙂
And the winner was…
Team member Wally!
He completed every challenge and won a lunch with Votion Manager Cristian.
Wally said the competition was a nice distraction from work. He had a hard time coming up with what he wanted to be when he grew up, but ending up choosing “to be retired at the beach somewhere.” He showed up to work wearing a Hawaiian shirt. Manager Cristian said he got a kick out of that.
The competition was a “total success,” said Votion Assistant Manager Michael. He says he enjoyed it so much, he thinks we should do it quarterly.
Comment below with your challenge ideas for next time!
Votion decided to end 2017 with a bang by having a company holiday party on December 16th, complete with a potluck dinner and white elephant gift exchange.
The party was held at manager Cristian’s house. He just moved in a couple of months previous, and it was the first party he and his wife Sonja hosted there, which they both really enjoyed, Sonja said.
Christmas music filled the air, and Cristian and Sonja don’t have a fireplace, but played a YouTube video of a crackling fireplace on their TV to set the mood.
The night’s main attraction was the white elephant gift exchange. Gifts included Star Wars wine glasses, hot sauces, a DIY ugly sock kit, and a white elephant decoration (which everyone thought was a great pun).
Check out what everyone received below! (These were all taken before the final switch of the game.)
Possibly the funniest moment of the night was when manager Jake opened his gift. Watch what happened:
Account manager David thought it’d be fun to prank whoever opened the gift he brought. Good one, David!
Aaron, one of Votion’s rising account managers, has been selected for the November employee of the month by his peers.
Aaron has been able to reach his goals lately by maintaining a positive and persevering attitude, he said.
“Because not every day is an easy day,” Aaron said. “There are definitely days where you have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and just get the job done.”
But the numbers take care of themselves as long as he has confidence in himself and faith in what he can do, he said.
Aaron’s advice for others trying to reach his level of success?
“Don’t quit when the going gets tough,” he said. “Not every day is a cake walk, and not every day do things just fall into your lap. So having that kind of perseverance and attitude is very helpful.”
He says that having a student mentality is also important.
“Even in the stage that I’m in I think I have something to learn every day and I try to get better at my job every single day because I don’t feel like I know everything — I’m always willing to take advice from people that have been around here longer that know more than I do, because maybe they’re doing something that makes my job easier — who doesn’t want that?”
Aaron’s favorite part about working at Votion is the team atmosphere, he said.
“I think that I’ve learned something from everybody that I’ve worked with, and that’s helped me be more efficient and more effective in my job,” Aaron said. “And everybody’s willing to help each other, which is great, and at a lot of places that’s not the case — it’s more cutthroat and that’s not the case here. Everyone can go as far as their abilities take them.”
As far as who he looks up to at Votion, Manager Cristian comes to mind.
“He’s been around the longest and he’s seen the most as far as day to day things, the highs and the lows, and how to maneuver around them and still be successful,” Aaron said.
He also really respects Eric.
“I think Eric is a good example of that as well because he’s extremely consistent as far as what he does and production.” he said. “I think that’s a very big key to learn — being consistent.”
And being consistent is one quality that Aaron thinks got him nominated for employee of the month.
“I think that I’ve begun to crack the code so to speak, and kind of figure out what it takes to be consistent on a daily basis, and I really try just to replicate that model every day as best I can,” Aaron said. “Obviously there are days where you’ve got to work a little harder to get where you need to get, but for the most part if I consistently apply that, it will work out in my favor almost every time.”
When Aaron isn’t working, he enjoys skiing and snowboarding. He loves being an Oregonian, being outdoors, and going camping, he said.
He also loves to golf.
“I played college golf at USC and most people don’t know that,” Aaron said. “I’m actually quite good at it, or used to be — I’ve had a few back surgeries since then.”
When asked if he likes summer or winter better, Aaron said both.
“In this state, there’s stuff you can do in either season, and i like them both probably equally. I like snow, I like nice weather — anytime I can be outside when it’s not raining, that works for me.”
A place Aaron would like to visit is Peru, he said.
“’I’ve always wanted to go to Machu Picchu and climb it before I get too old to actually physically do it,” Aaron said. “Instead of taking the tram up, to actually climb it.”
“I was pretty much the only senior rep even though I’m 22 year old, and I said, ‘Okay I’m the only one here I might as well step up and learn how to do game plans,” Cristian said.
So while the owners were in Punta Cana, Cristian managed the office.
And having the opportunity to be a leader is one of Cristian’s favorite things about working at Votion.
“I love being able to give back to the new hires — the guys that are under me that are just reps — just helping them out with daily processes, what’s going on out in the field, what they might need improvement on. I’ve never had employees rely on me for help and for advice and for insight before, and that’s pretty cool.”
For now, he’s focusing on accepting that he “can’t just take a jump or step forward and be the best” — that there’s a process to becoming successful.
“There’s processes that have to be done, levels and qualifications to learn before you reach that end,” he said. “I’ve just been trying to work on staying grounded with learning something new every day — taking new steps out of my comfort zone every day.”
Having good mentors is something that’s been helping him reach his goals lately.
“My mentors and leaders — Michael, Aaron, Shatha, Cristian Joubert — they’re at where they are for a reason and are successful for a reason, so I might as well pick their brains. Having a mentor helps a lot with the daily grind.”
His advice for anyone looking to reach his level of success?
“Take the time to step back and really put in the effort to learn,” he said.
His favorite quote is from the TV show “Friday Night Lights,” and says: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
“About 95% of the job is just mentality and just keeping clear eyes on the vision and the process for the job at hand and just having a full heart going into things — whether personal or professional — with your heart more than just your mind, your passions will really come out whatever you’re after. If you go with passion, and you’re driven with your vision, then you can’t lose.”
Speaking of TV shows, he’s currently binge watching “Man Hunt” and “White Gold” on Netflix, and is a big “Prison Break,” “That 70s Show,” and “House of Cards” fan.
A fun fact about Cristian is that he lived in Japan for three years. In fact, if he had the ability to teleport anywhere, he said he’d choose to teleport to Japan because he loves the country, the food, and his parents still live there.
When he’s not working he’s snowboarding, golfing, or spending time with his girlfriend.
A few of Votion’s management team members had the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic last week for a Relax & Rejuvenation Retreat. They stayed in the beautiful all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana.
Staying at the Hard Rock made them feel like kings!
The group arrived at the Hard Rock on Sunday, Oct. 15th. There were no R&R activities planned for that day, so everyone got settled into their rooms and spent the rest of the day at the pool and exploring the resort.
The second day started with an awards ceremony to recognize and celebrate the top achievers of 2017. It was so fun and motivating to see colleagues reach goals, set new ones for 2018 and get applauded for their hard work.
“I really appreciated the opportunity to see how other professionals in my industry enjoy vacation retreat like this; unstring the bow, as it were,” said Cristian, Votion Manager. “It’s different when you see a manager take a vacation as compared to an employee take a vacation. Another thing that was amazing was the fact that everything was paid for by our upper management, so we felt like we were really taken care of as a reward for all of our hard work and effort’s over this past year.”
Later that night, R&R attendees were invited to Club R&R, a party specifically planned for the retreat.
The resort’s ballroom was set up like a swanky nightclub, and there was dancing, a photo booth, delicious appetizers and desserts, and fire-breathing jugglers!
The following day was a free day, and attendees could choose to do whatever they want. Votion team members swam in the ocean, relaxed by more of the pools, ate at various restaurants and even ventured outside the resort to go zip lining!
Votion Administrative Assistant Sonja snapped this pic of a cute little frog by one of the pool showers!
“Jake and I took a day excursion to get some time away from the resort,” said Rachel, Votion Human Resources Administrator. “We did two zip lining courses, swam in a waterfall, horseback riding, an eco tour, a flight simulation, and (my favorite activity) zorbing. Zorbing is when you’re strapped in a giant ball and, in our case, rolled down a hill. Now I know what it’s like when I accidentally knock my hamster while in his ball. The excursion was a blast, but I most enjoyed my time at the Hard Rock’s pool parties.”
Jake, another Manager at Votion, said his favorite part about the Hard Rock was experiencing an all inclusive resort.
“Also, the adventure park. Zip lining over the jungle was a blast!”
Sonja,Votion Administrative Assistant, loved the 24-hour room service. 🙂
The team left Punta Cana relaxed, rejuvenated, a little sunburnt, and ready to make this next year the best one yet.
Eric, one of our hardest working Account Managers, is Votion’s September Employee of the Month.
Eric’s goal within Votion is to help others achieve their dreams. Eric would like to teach people how to become better communicators, differentiate between emotional and logical thinking, and help individuals use their natural talents to achieve as much as possible in life.
Something Eric has learned since starting with Votion is patience. After a rough day with clients where he didn’t get anywhere near making his goal for that day, he was able to realize it helped him face his fears of failing and learned to not let that one day define him, Eric said. This stands out to him as the experience (within Votion) that has taught him the most.
Eric has two big role models within Votion. He wants to be a better manager like Cristian, and more consistent with goals like Alan.
“Their actions are evidence of their convictions,” he said.
Eric’s favorite hobby is hiking — being involved with nature makes him feel spiritually aligned, he said.
His proudest moment was when he was helping his eldest daughter overcome adversity on the basketball court. She followed in Eric’s footsteps as a point guard and captain was of the team.
Eric says that his daily motivation is that “everyone is here for a reason.” He would like to start his own non-profit organization that allows him to teach Mayan kids in Mexico to free dive, which helps with the conservation of the environment.
“They have no clue what’s under the water,” Eric said. He explained that the Mayan kids work almost every day, so they don’t have a chance to act like kids.
It’s that time of year again: Votion’s annual Labor Day Campout. Each Labor Day weekend our employees work tirelessly to ensure clients’ promotional events run smoothly for the surge in customers and potential profits. As such, they are given time off after this busy weekend to relax and enjoy time outdoors before the summer ends. Votion hosts a campout for our employees, their families, and friends too. Camping usually takes place in Mount Hood State Park, southeast of Estacada, OR, and this year was no different. Our team met at the Beaverton office the afternoon of Tuesday, September 5th to caravan over to the camp site, which was nicknamed “Camp Runamok” by our Administrator, Rachel, for the shenanigans she assumed our group would cause. After the 90-minute drive, our group set to work, pitching tents, setting up the grilling station, and picking activities to do. Several team members partook in Kubb, a Swedish lawn game, and in playing soccer while cooking took place. The campers enjoyed several flavors of savory grilled chicken, juicy tropical kebobs, crisp chips, delicious trail mix, and a crunchy fruit and veggie tray.