At Blueboard, we’re working tirelessly to alter the best way corporations reward their staff. Reward playing cards, merchandise, plaques, and branded swag—it’s all well-intentioned, however these methods of rewarding staff are a relic of the previous. Right this moment, individuals are trying (and hoping) for extra.

After eight years of serving to corporations ship experiential rewards to their staff, we’re extra positive than ever earlier than that experiences trump issues each time. We’ve grown from 40 to over 200 individuals prior to now 4 years, and there’s nothing else we’d quite be doing with our time. 

And as we speak, we’re proud to share that Blueboard has been acknowledged as a High 25 Work Tech Vendor by Inspiring Workplaces and The Starr Conspiracy. This listing acknowledges organizations that assist high workplaces ship an distinctive office expertise to their staff. 

Matt Manners, founding father of The Inspiring Workplaces Group, shared this about these awards: 

“Congratulations to the High 25 Work Tech Distributors. At Inspiring Workplaces, we endeavor to acknowledge and reward the organizations that go above and past the decision of responsibility to ship an excellent office expertise for his or her individuals. 

This 12 months, with the help of our associate, The Starr Conspiracy, we launched the Work Tech Awards. These awards have fun the success and numerous vary of applied sciences that we imagine generally is a critical catalyst to driving constructive change for a corporation and the individuals inside it.”

What makes a high work tech vendor? 

In submitting for this award, we acquired to look again on the affect that we’ve had on our personal individuals, clients, and our overarching goal: To assist as many individuals as potential problem their consolation zones, strive one thing new, and indulge of their passions. 

A color photo of a person in a yellow kayak on a giant lake raising their paddle above their head. There is blue sky and water in the foreground and background.
Tori S., an SDR at Blueboard, takes a spontaneous kayak journey in South Lake Tahoe, California, to go #blueboarding (our time period for getting out and experiencing the world!). 

Our imaginative and prescient of the way forward for work is one among reciprocity. Staff give their time and vitality to make their corporations profitable. We imagine one of the best ways an organization can reciprocate—and construct worker connection and loyalty—is by giving their individuals high quality time to spend in the actual world with their households and mates.

Our platform is designed round making that imaginative and prescient potential. Blueboard empowers HR groups and managers to ship rewards in a matter of seconds. When an award lands in an worker’s inbox, they get to leap into the platform and select the expertise that’s most significant to them from our curated menus. Browsing classes, a pair’s therapeutic massage, a Michelin-star dinner, or a visit to chase the Northern Lights in Iceland are solely a click on away. 

Two people stand on a rock with a waterfall flowing behind them in Iceland.
Staci B. explores the beautiful landscapes of Iceland whereas on the “Ring across the Roadsie” Blueboard expertise—a gross sales appreciation reward from her office, Veritas Applied sciences.

As soon as they’ve picked their supreme expertise, the worker is paired with a devoted Blueboard Concierge who handles all the logistics and reserving. Staff simply want to indicate up and have a superb time. 

Past our platform—which permits international corporations to run impactful recognition applications at scale—we have additionally constructed a market of 10,000+ small enterprise distributors (spas, yoga studios, cooking lessons, and so on.) from the bottom up. Which implies we’re capable of funnel company {dollars} into native communities.

The outcomes communicate for themselves. Over 500 corporations use Blueboard, and this 12 months alone over 70,000 individuals will go #blueboarding in each state within the US and in over 50 nations internationally. Over 90% of reward recipients report feeling motivated to carry out on the identical stage or larger, and the same quantity really feel that Blueboard is additive to firm tradition. 

A person poses with cartoon character TIgger at Disneyland. They are smiling and it's a sunny day.
Annie L. poses with Tigger throughout the “Disneyland!” expertise, whereas redeeming a Blueboard reward from Celtic Financial institution.

In fact, being a number one work tech vendor is about our personal staff’ expertise as a lot because it’s about our clients’ expertise. This award additionally gave us the prospect to mirror on all of the methods we’re working to be a most-loved employer, like:

  • Weaving firm values interviews into our normal interview course of. We (the co-founders) nonetheless interview each single candidate who will get a suggestion.
  • Providing stay mission, imaginative and prescient, and values coaching throughout week one among onboarding. We imagine that it’s necessary to spend the time attending to know Blueboard’s story, progress, and goal from the supply. 
  • Our annual retreat, Bluetreat. We convey the entire firm collectively yearly to kick off the brand new 12 months. We spend time studying abilities (set ourselves up for achievement), #blueboarding (constructing significant relationships), and getting aligned in order that we are able to succeed as a workforce. 
  • Employee useful resource teams. We began ERGs early, as soon as we handed 150 staff. Our ERGs are an area for dialog and connection, and have devoted instances to current at firm all-hands, and a funds to host instructional occasions. 
  • Work Overseas. We host an non-obligatory annual journey the place Blueboarders from all over the world can work out of a overseas nation, collectively, for per week. It’s a possibility to step out of our consolation zones and take up a special neighborhood and tradition. This 12 months’s was in Lima, Peru, the place we acquired loads of time to get pleasure from ceviche and discover this coastal gem of a metropolis collectively. 

What’s subsequent for Blueboard?

Whereas we’re pleased with the progress we’ve revamped the previous few years, the sensation across the firm is that we’re simply getting began. We’ve got formidable targets to make our product extra accessible and pleasing for all of our purchasers and their staff. 

Just a few issues which can be high of thoughts:

  1. Making Blueboard work in every single place. We’re investing aggressively in worldwide growth in main tech and monetary hubs internationally. Subsequent 12 months, we’re rolling out 24×7 Concierge service to raised serve our worldwide reward recipients.
  2. Constructing connections in a hybrid world. We’re doubling down on what we’re nice at, which helps individuals create significant connections within the office. We’re engaged on a set of instruments that can drive connection as corporations navigate a hybrid office. 
  3. Becoming seamlessly into current programs and workflows. Right this moment, you must log into the Blueboard platform to ship a reward. Tomorrow, you’ll be capable of provoke Blueboard rewards from the instruments you’re employed in daily, making our rewards extra extensively out there for on-the-spot recognition. 

Congrats to everybody else who made it onto this 12 months’s inaugural High 25 Work Tech vendor listing! We’re in good firm with some companies which can be doing wonderful issues to outline the way forward for work for all of us.

–Taylor and Kevin