Tis the Season to be Hottie
As the title says, it most certainly is a great time to be a HotSchedules Hottie (that’s what we call employees and fans of HotSchedules). Looking back on the year, we’ve seen enormous growth within the company. In fact, so much that we’re running out of office space. We’ve also seen a lot of growth […]
As the title says, it most certainly is a great time to be a HotSchedules Hottie (that’s what we call employees and fans of HotSchedules). Looking back on the year, we’ve seen enormous growth within the company. In fact, so much that we’re running out of office space. We’ve also seen a lot of growth with our user base. This was clear to us when we saw this year’s video contest submissions grow from 12 (last year’s final count) to 55! With so much change happening at such a rapid rate, there’s always a risk of losing that sense of culture. However, I’ve seen that this isn’t the case. We’re careful about who we hire (yes, we use our GoHire paperless hiring solution too!), making sure they aren’t just technically qualified, but a great culture fit too.
Everything that embodies the HotSchedules culture recently culminated in our end of year holiday party. The party was held at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, which is located on Rainey St., the up and coming bar district in town. The HotSchedules faithful showed up in full force, and the staff at Banger’s handled us all with an amazing display of hospitality and excellence. There was attention to detail (gluten free labels on food, staff ready to explain all menu items, heaters keeping the outdoor tents warm), great music (thanks to DJ Chino Casino) and a perfect amount of staff walking through the crowds ready to take drink orders.
The most impressive statistic of the night? 3,288. Let me explain. Every year, we collect donations from within the company and use the money to buy clothes, food, blankets, and necessities. We pack them up into individual bags, drive around Austin on Christmas Day, and hand them out to the homeless. We call this initiative “HotHope.” At the holiday party this year, employees had the option of purchasing raffle tickets to bid on any of 16 prizes. Proceeds from the raffle went straight to HotHope, and the employees had a chance to win prizes ranging from a golf ball monogrammer to an iPad mini. As a result of the incredible generosity of everyone in the company, we were able to raise $1,644 – a figure which HotSchedules then matched, bringing this year’s HotHope fundraising total to $3,288. That more than doubles the amount raised last year and we still have a week to go! The entire experience has made me proud to be a HotSchedules Hottie. I guess I’m just having one of those “heart grew three times bigger” moments.
Happy Holidays and safe travels everyone!*