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!
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.”
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.
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.
Dan is one of Votion’s most involved managers, overseeing several client accounts within our office. “Dan is one of those individuals who keeps asking for more information and knowledge as he progresses towards the next step he’s aiming to achieve,” said Cassie, Votion’s CEO. “It’s great that he’s so goal driven, and it motivates others to try to keep up with him.” According to Dan, he was not always in that mindset. It is a habit he acquired since being hired at Votion. “Learning to lead and build people has taught me to be more responsible,” said Dan. “I’m no longer just responsible for me. I have a team that I have to set a good example for and help as they need it.” Dan is a self-proclaimed introvert in his personal life, but, according to Votion’s Human Resources team, that is not something that others would guess about him. “Being in a group of outgoing, super communicators has made me more charismatic,” explained Dan. “I absorbed the advice given to me from my mentors, and now I can now start a genuine conversation with just about anyone.” He continued to express his desire to help people reach their full career potential as his ultimate goal. “If you know how to be successful, why wouldn’t you share that knowledge with others?,” said Dan.
Outside of work, Dan enjoys playing (and watching) soccer and hockey, white water rafting, and kayaking. His favorite soccer team is the Portland Timbers, and he roots for the Anaheim Ducks in hockey. Dan is competitive by nature, sharing that he “grew up in locker rooms” while playing various sports.
Hannah is one of Votion’s top employees and is being recognized for her hard work as the Employee of the Month for June. “Hannah is a go getter and constantly reaching for the next notch,” said Cassie, Votion’s CEO. “We are very proud of her accomplishments, especially this last month.” Hannah spent several long days in June reworking her client’s campaign to iron out any kinks in order to launch a new retailer. She and Jake, her superior, even took a trip to Seattle to network with that branch. “Hannah has really stepped up her game and is really blossoming in her career right now,” noted Jake. He expressed his appreciation for her work ethic and persistence in spearheading the launch. Hannah’s goal, for which she has tunnel vision, is to expand and be promoted to Manager by the end of the year. “Jake and I are set on his promotion by October, and then my promotion by January,” explained Hannah. It appears that her persistence is paying off because Hannah was recently promoted to Account Manager!
Outside of work, Hannah enjoys hiking with her best friend — her beagle, Dudley. The pair specifically enjoy hiking at Gearhart Beach and Silver Falls where Dudley can let him run free to explore. Aside from traveling the outdoors, Hannah also makes movies. She has used her short film “I Have No Eyebrows” to enter in several film festivals, such as the Portland Underground Film Fest and POW Fest. Hannah studied graphic design at Stephens College, which is one of 40 women’s college’s left in the nation and the second oldest. She sites her creativity and passion for learning as the foundation for how she views the world and how she applies herself to various situations.
Votion volunteered at the Oregon Humane Society (OHS) on April 22nd 2017. The purpose was to help ensure that the animals got to develop the social skills needed to find a forever home and received the attention they crave from humans. The visit consisted of a brief tour of the facility and a training session to ensure the team had all the skills necessary to interact with the animals. Once all the basics were covered, Votion got to play with the dogs in the Dog Run, which is the yard for outside activities. “It was really interesting to see the different personalities of each dog come out while we were playing with them,” said Cristian, Votion’s Assistant Manager. “Some were on the verge of being adopted, and you could tell others just needed a little extra attention.” The last part of Votion’s time at the Humane Society was spent in the Cattery, which houses the cats of OHS. The Cattery is specifically designed with cat’s natural instincts in mind, providing several levels in the room for climbing, posts for scratching and toys for chasing. Two of Votion’s Account Managers, Alan and Michael, got to take a peek into the cat’s housing. “We had a lot of fun! The cats were purring a lot, and we got to feed them treats,” recalls Alan. “Some of the cats were looking at us like ‘Really? Do we look like we’re hungry?’ All in all, we had a very good time.” Given the positive feedback from the team, Votion has already set up more volunteer visits for June and July.
Votion’s C.E.O Discusses the Oregon Humane Society
Every year Oregon Humane Society helps find new homes for more than 11,000 local animals in the Portland-metro area. Votion’s C.E.O., Cassie B., said she learned that the Oregon Humane Society is one of the oldest humane societies in the United States, and that it has a 98 percent save rate. She was surprised by the many additional services OHS offers, such as educational programs and training classes for new pet owners. According to the Oregon Humane Society’s website, these programs and classes reach more than 16,000 attendees annually. “Cassie is a huge animal lover, and especially has a soft spot for dogs,” said Michael, an Account Manager at Votion. Cassie says she would like to see every pet in a loving, forever home, which is why she is working on becoming a partner corperation with OHS. As a partner, Cassie and Votion look forward to frequently volunteering, donating and attending Oregon Humane Society events with the team.