If you ask me what one of the best things about working at Geonetric is I won’t hesitate with my answer. Flexibility.
Flexibility in my work schedule and having the technology to work almost anywhere allows me to work from home if my daughter is sick or if I need to meet with the washing machine repairman. I don’t worry about missing a dentist appointment or a school concert.
I am not a mathematician by any means, but I have figured out a very valuable formula with our employees here at Geonetric. We have tested and retested it in many iterations and find that it “equates” to success each time.
Fun during the work day = Happy Employees
Engaged Employees = Happy Clients
An atypical equation you may say, but at Geonetric we believe that fun is a core ingredient in our culture. We frequently make a point of intentionally stopping the day-to-day work to not work. Notice I said we intentionally stop work during the work day.
Geonetric events are not planned by stuffy human resources people locked in an office, but are instead collaboratively designed by our team to encourage and promote creativity. Our planners know that event timing doesn’t always work for everyone all of the time, so “fun” is completely voluntary. If someone has a tight deadline or needs to take care of a client they can choose not to participate, but we strongly encourage 100% involvement.
And we know that what is fun to one person isn’t fun to another. So that’s why we create lots of different types of activities through the year. Just last week we had a good old fashioned tug of war and relay race. But that’s not for everyone. Maybe the annual chili cook-off will appeal to them. Or perhaps they’d prefer the semi-annual H.O.R.S.E. basketball tournament or the Halloween pumpkin carving contest. We work hard to make our events are as unique as our employees!
We’ve also learned that devoted fun time allows our entire team to get to know each other. And our team has no problem coming up with some crazy ideas that definitely foster healthy competition and build team morale.
This past Sunday turned out to be an absolutely picture perfect fall day. It was a joy to be outside and have the opportunity to join together with 16,000 people from across Eastern Iowa for one cause. Team Geonetric, along with our friends and family, hit the pavement of Cedar Rapids to support breast cancer awareness and services throughout our local community in the 21st annual Mercy Hospital Especially for You Race/Walk.
Why do we participate? Here are a few reasons from Team Geonetric:
- 1 in 8 will develop breast cancer. Line up 8 women—your mom, sisters, grandma, best friends, daughters, etc. Could you imagine your life without any one of those people?
- To make a difference in our community and to be reminded of the power of people!
- To celebrate friends and family members who have overcome breast cancer and remember how important it is to take care of each other.
- To support free mammograms and help save lives in our community. All the money raised stays right here in Linn County helping those who aren’t able to afford screenings and services. As one of the most treatable and curable forms of cancer, it is important that we give everyone the opportunity to beat it. This year’s race has even more meaning for me because my godmother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Unfortunately, most of us in some way or another know of someone battling breast cancer and this is one way we can all join forces and be the difference between life and death for members of our community.
Our annual Chili Cook-Off is written in the history books, but the memory of our winning chili might still be lingering on the taste buds of those who attended.
We crowned a new chili winner this year – our own Irene Schultz, who walked away with two of the five chili awards this year – Best Overall and Spiciest Chili. Irene’s sassy and so was her bold Texas-inspired chili! It won over the taste buds of our judges and many of our employees. We had a total of eight contestants this year, with recipes that included everything from beer and coffee to chocolate and gouda cheese. The Cook-Off is always one of our favorite employee events – it not only lets everyone share some of their creativity, it gives us a chance to join together before we depart for our holiday celebrations.
For those of you who would like to try the 2010 Geonetric Chili Cook-Off winning recipe in your own home, it’s listed at the bottom of this post.
Our annual Geonetric Chili Cook-Off has come to an end, but I know our resident chiliologists are already concocting their recipes for next year’s event. Here’s to all our chili contestants and their great work!
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart
As I write, the green bean casserole is warming up in the crock pot and the turkey and mashed potatoes are due to arrive any moment. The dessert table is filling up. The Geonetric Lunch Lounge is ready. And we are all waiting to partake in our Thanksgiving lunch.
Last week the halls of Geonetric were filled with the sons, daughters, nieces, and nephews of our Geonetric employees for our 2nd annual Take the Kids to Work Day. It was exciting to have a large group of 6-12 year-olds bring a different type of positive energy in the building.
The kids began the day with a Geo Amazing Race. After the four teams successfully found their six clues and completed two relay races, they assisted with Geonetric’s annual Relay for Life Fundraiser. Next they attended educational sessions – some learned lessons in pricing and inventory control by owning a savvy little lemonade stand and others had the opportunity to create their very own cheer cards. A yummy lunch from McDonald’s was the perfect ending to their time here.
We have a new member of the Geonetric family and his name is Spot. Spot is white and fuzzy and stands at about a foot and a half tall. You will find Spot perched atop one of our employee’s desks.
No, it isn’t “bring your pet to work day,” but rather a bit of radical recognition – Geonetric style! Spot’s owner, our CEO Eric Engelmann, recognizes an employee’s extraordinary work by gifting Spot to him/her. Spot stays with that employee until a new recipient is chosen.
Why Spot? Spot is an example of how recognition can often mirror the likes of the giver. Eric loves dogs and Spot is a great way for him to praise work that is “Spot On” in his own personal style.
Over the course of the past month Geonetric’s Bowling Alley Sallys team has had the opportunity to raise funds and support for the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Bowl for Kids Sake annual fundraiser. This is the third year that we have taken the opportunity to participate in this event and take a moment to make an investment into the lives of children right here in Eastern Iowa.
Big Brothers Big Sisters roughly serves 800 children in our area and there are many more on the waiting list that need caring adult mentors and friends. With the funds raised by Bowl for Kids Sake, BBBS can continue to provide resources to children. The average cost to support a year long relationship between a “Big” and an at-risk child is roughly $1,000.00.
‘Tis the season at Geonetric for our annual Chili Cook-off. This event has become one of the most anticipated and most competitive employee events we have (even more so than the food eating contest). This year, nine competitors came prepared with awesome bowls of chili and eloquent descriptions.
We judged the chili according to the following categories:
- Most Unique/Decorative Chili
- Best Vegetarian Chili
- Spiciest Chili
- Most Creative Chili
- Best Overall Chili
You know the old human resources saying… happy workers are more productive workers. At Geonetric, we take this seriously— with benefits like continuing education stipends and all company meetings that include throwing kudos bars to employees that go above and beyond.
And sometimes we take it not-so-seriously, with pie eating contests, chili cook-offs and trick-or-trunking in the parking lot.
What do our mothers, friends, co-workers, husbands, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters have in common this weekend? The Geonetric community is going to walk or run for breast cancer awareness!
Thirty-two members of Team Geonetric, the largest Geonetric team ever in our three years of participation, will come together on Sunday morning to support breast cancer research and care here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, by walking or running in Mercy Medical Center’s 19th Annual Especially for You Race.
It makes a difference. Right here in our community.
We’re helping to support free mammograms and other breast-care services. Since the race began in 1991, the fund has helped over 4,300 uninsured or underinsured women receive more than $1.1 million in breast-care services. Covered services include screenings, diagnostic tests, ultrasounds and biopsies.
I recently had the opportunity to orient several new “honorary” employees to Geonetric … the sons, daughters, nieces, and nephews of our own employees.
On April 23rd we welcomed our Junior Geo’s to spend some time at Geonetric for National Take Your Sons and Daughters to work day. The Junior Geo’s discovered Geonetric through a scavenger hunt; helped with a fundraiser for Relay for Life; participated in interactive sessions on coding, product management, and sales; and enjoyed a yummy picnic lunch.
Redbook has been magically appearing in my home mailbox over the past year. I don’t usually have much time to read non-work related material but on a recent flight home from Las Vegas, where I had the opportunity to attend the Customer Based Marketing for Healthcare Strategists conference, I was afforded some quality magazine time.
In the January 09 issue, Redbook identified the Hottest Health Trends for 09. Number seven on their hot list was Putting Your Health Info Out There. “Out There” meaning on the Internet and the ability for individuals to have personalized online access to medical records, flag personalized drug interactions, set up appointments, and also have online communications with preferred medical professionals.