Salutations, rapturous readers! I hope this merry missive from yours truly finds you reasonably chirpy! There was no wayI could let the week come to an end without one last update, as there was a boat-load of stuff that happened in Zappos.com’s HR and Training teams since last we spoke!
So much culture , so little time…
Much of that boat-load had something to do with Jamie N., Zappos’ resident Cruise Ship Coordinator! Also called “JamStar!” by those who know her best, she creates and coordinates myriad and momentous employee-related events, activities, and programs…kind of like Julie from the Love Boat , but without that 80’s perm and with a bit more of an edge.
Our 4th Annual Zappos Employee Picnic was the largest to date, and ridiculously successful…
The calm before the crazy.
Kris Z. and Angela M. realizing they’re clearly outclassed. (Not that there’s anything classy about Bryan T.’s utter abandonment of all civility…)
L to R: Steve P., Mark G., Steve H., Fred M., Meghan B., and Eileen L. Winners of the Team Challenge!
...and JamStar just couldn’t resist making some mischief along the way:
“Ever since HR’s very own Dave H. won the typing contest , there have been vicious rumors aboutHR rigging results. Some of us decided to fight back. We held a raffle at the picnic, drew the winners yesterday, and sent the following email:
Congratulations to the following folks lucky enough to win a prize in the Picnic Raffle:
- 1 Play Station 3 (Valued at $400) = Dave W. from HR
- 1 Stainless Barbeque Grill Station (Valued at $200) = Drew K. from HR
- 2 Flip Video Camera (Valued at $155 each) = Rebecca R. and Hollie D. from HR
- 1 Espresso Coffee Maker (Valued at $100) = Christa F. from HR
- 2 Polaroid Digital Camera (Valued at $90 each) = Jacob P. and Rosalind S. from HR
- 1 Margarita Madness Machine (Valued at $80) = Eric V. from HR
- 1 Shell Gift Card (Valued at $50) = Heaven T. from HR
Wow, it looks like HR really swept the grand prizes. Luck of the draw I guess.
“Phones started to ring, inboxes started to blow up. It was great! Just some of the comments: Cheaters!...Jamie, that’s statistically a little suspicious…this is gonna really upset people that everyone in HR won and no one else, wow…rofl!...You should send a follow-up picture of HR loading everything into someone’s trunk.
“We let the team off the hook and sent the list of the real winners out. This caused another flood of emails: THAT WAS GREAT!!!... You guys are too much!... Here we all were with out mouths agape, when we got your second email…You punks!... You should have heard the grumbling goin on over here!!... Nice trick. LOL”
PS: For those of you questioning whether Dave H. actually won the typing contest last week, he’s happy to go mano a mano with anyone doubting his skills. You name the time and place.
Meanwhile, the trail-blazing Training team was having an out of this world Las Vegas Encounter! Super Trainer,
Adrienne “Abductee” C. probes into greater detail for us: “Remember the exchange student program in high school? Zappos does! Every 3 weeks or so, we fly 5-10 employees from the fulfillment center (our warehouse) in Shepherdsville , Kentucky out to Vegas , put them up at the local Station Casinos hotel , and give them rental cars to run wild around town!
“They spend a week with us in our corporate office learning how the ‘other side’ lives and works. They visit
different departments and get to do some hands on stuff. Before this group left to go home, they wanted to do a parade around the office. You know how much we love parades !http://blogs.zappos.com/!!
“Sharing their Kentucky-ness by bringing the Derby to us Vegans!”
“A Vegas trip isn’t complete without visiting the sign !”
Some parting notes: Jobs@zappos ! For all my friends!
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Catch y’all on the flip side, and remember: “We gotta find that troll!”