Mission Fun at IgnitionOne

By Mary Baldwin, HR Assistant

It’s 5PM, and the blender is working overtime.  Margaritas will soon be joining nachos on the bar.  An ice cream cake sits coolly in the counter. It’s Casandra’s, Lee’s, and Yujun’s birthdays at IgnitionOne.  And this is all happening at the office.

It’s not that we go especially crazy for birthdays around here; it’s that we go especially crazy for great talent.  As competition in the start-up technology realm has intensified, IgnitionOne recognizes the importance of rewarding hard-working talent.  IgnitionOne hires the best of the best, and the expectations are high.   But all work and no play makes for, well, a pretty dull work life.  While many employers consider a signed offer letter the end of the hiring cycle, IgnitionOne thinks differently.  IgnitionOne takes talent retention to the next level, rewarding its employees with employee perks and a fun office culture.  IgnitionOne aims to ensure their talent has a happy work-life by providing a variety of great incentives in the office.  These incentives allow IgnitionOne to obtain and retain great talent.

At IgnitionOne, fun is a priority.  Last quarter, Dave Ragals, S VP of Client Services, and his managers brought their waffle makers and aprons to work and got busy making waffles in the Atlanta office café.  They threw an ice cream and waffle party to show appreciation for the hard-work of the Client Services team.

Every other Tuesday, IgnitionOne brings in a tasty treat of some kind. .  King of Pops popsicles?  Check. Smoothie King Smoothies?  Check.  Massage therapists for chair massages?  Double check.  Every year in the fall, the office closes for one day to give everyone a day away from work for some fun and a chance to get to know their co-workers.   Past events have included zip lining in the tree tops, white water rafting, and bowling.  If you need a break from your desk, you don’t have to wander around in the lobby.  Drop into the break room for some foosball, Xbox, ping pong, or pool.  Thirsty? IgnitionOne keeps a rotation of three gourmet beers on tap for our employees to enjoy.

IgnitionOne recognizes and rewards its top performers by honoring a Global Employee of the Month.  Employees nominate their co-workers based on their hard-work, dedication, enthusiasm, productivity, and for going the extra mile for the team.  We also have a CEO-for-a-Day award, in which an employee from any of our global offices is recognized for an idea on how to improve the company.   The employee nominated for their idea gets to work in CEO Will Margiloff’s office for a week and gets to see the winning idea implemented..

IgnitionOne is wild about their most important investment: their talent.  Our open office environment, ping pong, beer taps, Xbox, and yes cake, all create a fun and collaborative environment for our employees to enjoy a work-life where they can truly let their talent shine.  And admittedly, we do go a little crazy for birthdays and cake.  We have a “days without cake” countdown in the office.  It usually does not make it beyond two days before there is another celebration, and of course, more cake.


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