As an worker rewards firm that makes a speciality of experiences—most of that are designed to get you out and about within the bodily world—the previous few years have introduced extra challenges and alternatives than we might’ve ever imagined. 

From adapting our choices by the continuing pandemic, to adapting our tradition to satisfy the evolving wants of our individuals, the trail hasn’t all the time been clean (and even clear).

That is why we’re past proud to share that Blueboard has been included on this yr’s Inc. 5000 record of the fastest-growing corporations in America.

The businesses acknowledged by the Inc. 5000 characterize one thing extra than simply spectacular income development. The record is a celebration of the contributions of hundreds of workers, groups, leaders, advisors… Merely put, none of us could be right here with out our most essential asset: our individuals. 

So how will we help our individuals? Numerous listening, a number of stumbling, and a number of striving (alongside our individuals) to construct an organization we’d wish to work at.

Constructing an organization we’d wish to work at.

Kevin and I began Blueboard as a result of we have been each bored with the established order at work. 

After school, a yr into scoring workplace jobs, work had taken over our private lives. Steadiness wasn’t doable with the hours we have been placing in. And {our relationships} with family and friends—to not point out our personal well being and self-care—have been struggling in consequence. 

The cherry on high of all that burnout? The sorry method we have been acknowledged at work for all of these 10+ hour days. 

For instance: After doing the job of a number of individuals for weeks on finish, working late into the night time and on weekends, Kevin’s supervisor stopped into his workplace. “Thanks for all your laborious work,” they mentioned, putting an American Categorical present card on his desk. 

The trade-off was not price it. Hobbies, well being, and private relationships had all however disappeared—we have been actually working our lives away. For a present card? 

Reaching this turning level collectively, we determined then and there that we’d hit the reset button in our lives and prioritize the apply of studying one thing new. From Krav Maga to voice classes, as we reinvested in our wellbeing, spent extra time with our family members, and found new passions, we felt extra fulfilled. 

This was the seed that began Blueboard. 

How experiences inform Blueboard tradition.

Then and now our objective is to empower individuals to problem their consolation zones, indulge of their passions, and take a look at new issues. With Blueboard, corporations are capable of reward their workers with high quality time by experiences—deepening their connection to themselves and the world.

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In fact, this mission applies to our personal individuals and tradition. And a giant a part of our success has been persevering with to put money into our workers’ achievement by encouraging them to spend extra time exterior the workplace, on their very own phrases. Sharing reminiscences, photographs, and movies extends the afterglow (what we name the sensation after you go on a Blueboard expertise) of these moments.

(Sure, we use Blueboard internally. And sure, lots of the experiences shared internally occur as a result of somebody redeemed their Blueboard reward. However individuals additionally share the experiences—massive and small—they’re having of their day-to-day lives.)

A color photograph of a person holding a birthday cake with lit candles and smiling.
Nadia, Expertise Coordinator at Blueboard, shares a photograph of her mother (pictured right here) with a birthday cake Nadia made for her. Nadia shared “the most effective chocolate cake ever made” in a Blueboard Slack channel devoted to sharing what we prepare dinner.

A lot of our individuals share the experiences they’ve on PTO, they share the experiences they’ve throughout psychological well being days, and so they share the experiences they’ve throughout work hours with teammates. And we rejoice the truth that they’re having these experiences.

A color photograph of three people smiling and taking a selfie outside in front of an ornate building in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.
Nicole, Neighborhood Supervisor, Studying & Engagement (in center), enjoys a scavenger hunt in San Diego’s Balboa Park with fellow Blueboarders (on left) Lianna, Sr. Buyer Expertise (CX) Supervisor, and (on proper) Laura, Supervisor of CX.
A color photograph of a freshly made latte with a heart made out of foam.
 Charlene, HR Generalist, rediscovers her barista roots and practices her latte artwork.  

As a result of experiences assist individuals really feel extra fulfilled and related. And extra fulfilled, related people are good for enterprise. They’ve acquired extra power, extra enthusiasm, they construct up their teammates, they create safer areas, they’re extra resilient—all of which is sweet for our backside line (being within the high 1,000 corporations on this record is an effective proof level).

A color photograph of two people posing for a photo outside in ziplining gear smiling with their arms raised/curled like a weightlifter to show how strong they are.
Duke, Sr. Implementation Guide (on proper) celebrates a birthday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, together with ziplining together with his accomplice.
A color photograph of six people sitting on a boat in the ocean, with mountains and sky in the background. They are smiling and holding drinks.
Vito, Head of Curation (second from proper) spends time with associates in Spain.

Not solely does this tradition assist our workers discover relaxation and achievement, it additionally means each Blueboard worker is a product ambassador. 

Constructing worker connection by dwelling our core values. 

One other massive a part of our success these previous years has been returning repeatedly to our core values. 

An image with heart, dancing, star, and mountain top icons that represent Blueboard's four core values, which read: "Build Meaningful Relationships. Dance A Little Different, Get Shit Done, and Set Ourselves Up For Success."
Blueboard’s core values.

To set our individuals up for achievement, we empower managers with coaching, teaching, and devoted in-person offsites. (In spite of everything, the manager-employee relationship is a vital a part of any firm’s success). 

We additionally prioritize ongoing skilled improvement with a studying and improvement stipend for each worker obtainable as quickly as they begin. To encourage our workers to remain and develop with Blueboard, we’re working with our individuals to make clear profession paths, construct competencies, and promote from inside. 

Worker ERGs and an inner Justice, Fairness, Variety, and Inclusion group are serving to to ensure each Blueboard worker feels secure to Dance A Little Completely different.

We additionally show our values externally, working to set Folks leaders up for achievement with assets that assist them perceive the affect of present occasions on their individuals and workplaces. Over the previous 12 months, we did two unique analysis research to listen to immediately from HR leaders and workers and be taught extra about world psychological well being consciousness and the state of worker connection.

What does the info inform us? There are nonetheless gaps between what employers supply and what workers truly need. The findings additionally verify that organizations that put money into worker recognition report higher outcomes throughout all measures of connection.

The methods we construct significant relationships have advanced for the reason that pandemic hit, however we make as a lot area as doable for workers to attach and get to know each other. One in all my favourite areas for BMR is our annual, all-company offsite: Bluetreat. The occasion is all the time an intentional combine of labor and free time for our workforce to spend time collectively as individuals past their work roles, and get impressed for the alternatives forward for our firm. 

And since we’re setting ourselves up for achievement, our groups are getting a number of sh*t achieved (see the numbers within the following part).

Blueboard by the numbers. 

On the finish of the day, we’re simply comfortable to have the ability to do what we do: To help lots of of corporations to acknowledge their workers with experiences, and to help an unbelievable workforce of Blueboarders. However these numbers are fairly cool, too: 

  • To this point, we’ve helped individuals cross over 100,000 experiences off their bucket lists.
  • Folks have redeemed Blueboard experiences in over 4,366 cities and 70 completely different nations.
  • We supported over 500 corporations in launching recognition applications to make workers really feel valued and provides them time again to put money into their private lives.
  • In 2021, we despatched our company shoppers to over 3,000 small companies throughout the USA.
  • In 2021, Blueboard shoppers invested $2M into their native communities with Blueboard experiences.
  • Acknowledged workers have donated greater than $900,000 to make a distinction for the causes they care about.

What’s subsequent? Extra funding in worker recognition and experiential rewards for workers.

The power that sparked Blueboard lives on within the experiences we see, hear, and share on a regular basis from our shoppers and colleagues alike. Regardless of the challenges of the continuing pandemic we’re grateful to have the ability to create significant moments for hundreds of individuals each month, everywhere in the world. 

From prioritizing our individuals to rising our expertise choices to getting extra artistic with how we inform the Blueboard story, our investments in rising the corporate have paid off in a mess of how. 

Our high three learnings on firm development from the previous two years:

  1. Making certain our recipients have the most effective Blueboard expertise is on the core of our enterprise—and we put money into our world-class customer support. 
  2. Our model and tradition are constructed by dwelling our values and sharing these tales. 
  3. The extra experiences, the merrier; our curated expertise menus are the guts of what we do, and we’re invested in ensuring they mirror a spread of enjoyable, distinctive, and accessible choices. 

Folks by no means stop to amaze us with the superb tales that come from our rewards. Blueboard experiences have been the backdrop to numerous life moments—celebrating anniversaries, shock birthdays, marriage proposals, and even the inspiration for a daughter’s identify (shout out to Aurora 😉).

Congratulations to the guy corporations on the Inc. 5000 record! We’d additionally wish to thank our superior workforce for persevering with to work laborious all through one other difficult yr. They’ve ensured that Blueboard continues to radiate positivity, and to develop—and for that, we’re extremely grateful.

– Taylor and Kevin