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VP of Culture, Stacy Mendes: 3 Tips for Sustaining a Positive Vibe In Your Company

Originally featured in San Diego Magazine‘s inaugural Hatch publication focusing on locally-born innovation.

If you are looking for ways to boost employee engagement at your company, here is what Stacy Mendes, our VP of Culture, had to say about effective approaches to maintaining a vibrant, progressive culture at Underground Elephant.

ACMs: Our twice-monthly all-company meetings rally around new hires, anniversaries, birthdays, departmental spotlights, and company-wide wins. We also invite organizations like the Monarch School and community leaders like Todd Gloria to present to the team. It creates unity as a company and as a part of the downtown community.

Gamification: We divided our 90 employees into nine teams—diversified across department, job function, and tenure—that compete for prizes and prestige every quarter. All points are tracked on a massive board in the office.

Office Pranks: CEO Jason Kulpa once orchestrated a faux kidnapping of our entire executive team, chauffeuring them in limos to Double Deuce, where they rode the mechanical bull in front of the entire company. Our CTO, Keola Malone, is from Hawaii, so the night before his seven-year anniversary we dumped over 600 pounds of beach sand in his office, along with all kinds of inflated palm trees and aquatic life. Another time, Jarrod Russell, our director of public affairs, was going to Burning Man, so we surprised him with a care package with a bunch of “burner” gear, including a pair of boxers that read, “If found, please return to Underground Elephant.”

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