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A Giving Trifecta

As this last week was Thanksgiving, I began reflecting on all of the things I have to be thankful for. Aside from all goodness in my personal life, I am also thankful for my company because of the way our corporate culture supports and encourages giving to others. As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, one of […]

As this last week was Thanksgiving, I began reflecting on all of the things I have to be thankful for. Aside from all goodness in my personal life, I am also thankful for my company because of the way our corporate culture supports and encourages giving to others.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, one of our employees suggested doing a food drive. The leadership team quickly agreed and a couple of big cardboard boxes arrived for us to fill up. But instead of just leaving those boxes out and sending off a call to donate, the cofounders galvanized the team by turning the giving opportunity into a company-wide competition.

They divided the entire company in half with one team led by our CEO and Co-Founder, Ray Pawlikowski, and the other team being led by David Cantu, our Co-Founder and VP of Business Development. Team Cantu quickly became Team Can-Do and team Ray was named Team Rayce to End Hunger. Then it got crazy. People came up with the most creative ways to round-up donations or cash for the drive. Team Can-Do secured participation from Sysco, and drove the HotSchedules big rig down to the Sysco San Antonio office to pick up donations. Team Rayce began selling old monitors on Craigslist and donating the proceeds to the cause.

After multiple trips to Costco and Sam’s Club, we completely filled the HotSchedules rig, and delivered more than a ton of food to the Capital Area Food Bank. With all the food donated, HotSchedules provided 2,210 meals. The competition was officially declared a tie – the real winners being those in need.

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On the heels of that effort, we’re gearing up for our next big donation project called HotHope. Also the idea of one of our employees, HotHope begins with cash and clothing donations collected from our employees during the month of December. Then, all those who can, gather together on Christmas day to hand out bags of food and clothing to the homeless. Last year, the HotHope team collected nearly $1500.00 and handed out multiple bags of food, warm clothes, and blankets. This year, we’re looking forward to setting a new record.

Amazingly, the the giving doesn’t end there. As we were nearing the end of our day the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we all got an email from one of our execs saying “I need help In front of the building – anyone who can come down, please do!“ Half the company jumped up and ran down to see what was up, and there, pulled up to the front of our building was the HotSchedules big rig again, this time filled with frozen turkeys for everyone on the team. It seemed our new HR Director, Granya Gormley, and our executives teamed up and made another run down to Sysco to ensure that each and every employee had a Thanksgiving feast.

Needless to say, we were all pretty surprised and delighted. Personally, I spatchcocked my turkey. No, that’s not profanity or a typo. It’s just a fancy word for butterflying a bird (but more fun to say). My point is, sure, HotSchedules is the bomb at creating great online employee scheduling, paperless hiring and forecasting software, but that’s not all we’re about. Born of the restaurant and hospitality industries, our culture of service and giving is just one of the many great reasons why working here is incredibly rewarding.

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