Category: company culture

The Most Wonderful Workstation of the Year

Filed under: company culture, Happy Holidays, Holiday, Holidays

This December, we started a new holiday tradition. With lights, [fake] snow, gingerbread houses, and more, our office transformed into a winter wonderland. In effort to be crowned The Most Wonderful Workstation of the Year, each division decorated its workspace, which spread holiday spirit near and far. Each space was judged on creativity, but to add a twist, we offered a People’s Choice award. Employees purchased tickets to cast their votes and all proceeds benefitted Toys for Tots.

Solomon Page Celebrates Halloween with Freaky Friday

Filed under: company culture, Company News, Halloween, Holidays

Last Friday, Solomon Page celebrated Halloween with a fundraising event we called “Freaky Friday,” fostering team collaboration and excitement for a great cause. Collectively our offices surpassed all three tiers of our fundraising goals—sponsoring underprivileged children through our charity partner, Save the Children.

By surpassing our first two donation milestones, Lloyd Solomon and Scott Page agreed to wear Halloween costumes and spend the morning working our reception desks. With guidance from our lead receptionist, Cassandra Brown, they did just that. Because we exceeded our highest donation goal, all employees were able to participate by dressing up in costume (imagine superheroes, animals, TV and cartoon characters, and more…recruiting for a day!).

All of this was made possible by the heartfelt contributions from our teams, and, as a result, we get to positively influence the lives of children less fortunate. Save the Children sponsorship gives children the gift of brighter futures; the organization provides tools that empower entire communities to better support their children’s health, education, protection, and growth—thereby breaking the cycle of poverty for generations to come.

The costumes, charitable spirit, and the collaboration made Freaky Friday a huge, enjoyable success!

20 Halloween Costumes You Can Wear to Work in 2018

Filed under: company culture, creativity, Halloween, Holidays

It’s that time of year again.

While picking out a crazy costume for that late night weekend party may be your thing, what do you wear to that office party on Wednesday? Before you get too deep into a Google hole, TheStreet rounded up 20 easy, work-appropriate Halloween costumes that you can probably scrounge up from what you already own.

Dressing up for that office party doesn’t need to spook you – we’ve got you covered. Whether you prefer going as your favorite character from a TV show, or only have time for something basic, there are plenty of costume options that won’t scare your coworkers (and, that just might earn you some creativity points with your boss).

So, what are office-appropriate Halloween costumes anyway? Basically, the PG-version of what you might wear after-hours. Plus, being able to use some pieces from your regular work wardrobe means these costumes are super easy, so there isn’t an excuse to not dress up.

Impress your coworkers with these costumes for both men and women.

Costumes for Women

There are a lot of ways to transform a blouse or button-down. Or, if you’re feeling something more creative, going the extra mile will surely put you in the running for your office costume contest.

1. Joan Holloway From ‘Mad Men’

Surely nothing comes to mind quite like “Mad Men” when you think office costumes. With that classic ’60s flair, Joan Holloway is the perfect retro office costume to show off to your coworkers. While there are a variety of outfits you could pick to resemble the AMC character, try pairing a form-fitting sweater with a high-waisted pencil skirt, heels, and maybe a ginger wig. Add some red lips and, of course, be ready to saunter around the office.

2. Jackie O.

Nothing says classy Halloween costume quite like Jackie O. The effortless First Lady had a flair for style – and so can you. You can do a quick search on Amazon for a Jackie O costume (most will set you back around $20 to $30), or get creative with what you already have in the way of pencil skirts and chic blazers. Of course, make sure to include her signature sunglasses and pearls.

3. ‘The Shining’ Twins

Got a best friend in the office? It’s time to coordinate. Pick out a grey or blue dress, add a ribbon (and a little bit of ghoul-ish makeup) and go as the twins from “The Shining.” You’ll have your coworkers seeing double all day.

4. Mary Poppins

No better way to use that white blouse work blouse than going as everyone’s favorite nanny – Mary Poppins! Add a black or grey A-line or circle skirt, a blazer, hat and parasol and you’re ready to go. Or, if that sounds like too much work, just pick one up here. You’ll still have to work on that British accent though…

5. Monopoly Man

Shake it up and go as board games’ favorite gentleman, the Monopoly Man! Get your best power suit on and snag a mustache while you’re at it (and don’t forget to carry a bag of money and cane).

6. Holly Golightly

What better way to use that black work dress you have than dress it up, Audrey Hepburn style? Simply add a pair of heels, a pearl necklace, and do your hair up in a ’60s bun for the perfect Holly Golightly costume from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Feel free to accessorize with a croissant in case you get hungry at your desk.

7. Rosie the Riveter

Need a super easy costume fast? Don’t sweat it. If you’ve got a red bandanna and blue button-down handy, you’ve got a costume. Simply add a red lip and your best bicep flex and you’re magically Rosie the Riveter. Easy.

8. Pam from ‘The Office’

Not all of us are fans of dressing up for Halloween. So, if you want to get away with the bare minimum, going as Pam Beasley from “The Office” is the perfect easy costume that is sure to get a laugh from your coworkers. Simply dig out a plain grey pencil skirt, button-down sweater, and get your hair all frizzy, and voila! You’ve got a no-fuss costume from everyone’s favorite workplace comedy.

9. Witch

Why not go with a classic Halloween costume? Grab a witch hat and cape from Party City and you’re good to go.

10. Mia Wallace from ‘Pulp Fiction’

Be ready to dance like Uma Thurman if you dress up as Mia Wallace from “Pulp Fiction.” All you need is a white button-down blouse, some black slacks, and, of course, the signature black bob wig (maybe skip the blood for daytime in the office, but a little red lipstick or paint will do nicely for after-hours).

Costumes for Men

For the men in the office, there are a lot of ways to wear a suit as a Halloween costume. But, if you’re feeling a bit more creative, try out something a little more adventurous like Michael Jackson or Where’s Waldo. Regardless of what you’re feeling, here are some easy, office-appropriate costume ideas.

1. Dwight Schrute from ‘The Office’

Why not go as everyone’s favorite bears, beets and “Battlestar Galactica” fan? Dwight Schrute from “The Office” is a pretty easy task – just get a mustard or yellow short-sleeve button-down shirt, slacks, and some clear glasses and you’re good to go. Throw in a briefcase and maybe that old tie hiding in your closet and you’ll have your coworkers laughing all day.

2. Where’s Waldo?

Feel like hiding from your coworkers sometimes? Now you can, guilt-free. Simply pick up a “Where’s Waldo?” t-shirt has one for $14.99) and a hat (find one at Walmart for $8.99), and you’re good to go.

3. Superman

Got a Superman t-shirt lying around? If not, don’t stress – you can pick one up for $12.99 to magically transform into Superman under your go-to work outfit. Add a pair of square-rim glasses for that extra touch.

4. Patrick Bateman

If you work on Wall Street (or even if you don’t), nothing is scarier than a deranged businessman. Put on your best “American Psycho” persona and don a suit, a raincoat and an ax for the perfect Patrick Bateman costume. You can snag the raincoat on Amazon for only $10.99 – although you might want to leave the ax at home.

5. Michael Jackson in ‘Thriller’

Even though “Thriller” may get overplayed during the Halloween holiday season, your costume can still be original. If you’re in a DIY mood, try to get a red motorcycle jacket, some slacks, and a frizzy, black wig. But, if that’s too much of a hassle, opt for a Thriller costume. As a note: you might need to practice your best moves if you are planning on going as the King of Pop.

This article was originally published by TheStreet. You can read the rest of the article here. 

5 Things You Deserve From Your Job (No Matter Where You Work)

Filed under: company culture, Professional Development, Respect, Success, Work-Life Balance, Your Career

I have news for you: There’s no such thing as a perfect job. Even the careers that seem like they jumped straight from your dreams and into reality have their downsides—that’s why there’s a paycheck involved.

But, while you might never love every aspect of your job, there are a few things that you absolutely deserve to get from your career—aside from enough money to cover your bills.

Believe me, I get it. It’s easy to think that wanting and needing these things makes you picky, entitled, or high-maintenance. You’re getting paid to be there, so how much else do you really need?

Well, think about it this way: You’re going to invest a large chunk of your time, energy, and attention into your job. That means that a work environment that checks the following boxes isn’t something that you should consider to be meant for just the lucky few—it’s something you deserve just as much.

1. A Safe and Supportive Environment

Let’s start with the basics. You’re more than worthy of feeling safe and supported in your office. You should be able to bring your authentic self (your authentic professional self, of course) into work and not feel worried or threatened when doing so.

Rest assured that your expectations in regards to feeling secure in your surroundings aren’t unreasonable or out of line.

Nobody should have to head into the office day in and day out wondering who’s going to throw them under the bus or stab them in the back. You’re entitled to a basic sense of respect and a company culture that isn’t overflowing with toxicity.

2. A Boss Who’s Invested in Your Growth

When it comes to your career, your manager should be your greatest ally. They should be in the loop on your desires and plans for professional development and provide necessary support and guidance whenever they can.

If you feel like your supervisor is always undermining your accomplishments, offering criticisms that are in no way constructive, and is completely disinterested in your growth and advancement, know that you’re justified in wanting more.

3. An Understanding of Your Life Outside of Work

Work is a big part of your life—but it’s still only a part. It’s not the entirety of your existence, and you’re entitled to an employer who understands that fact.

Endless pings and emails when your team knows you’re away and unplugged. Major hurdles and complaints when you have a family emergency to deal with. Relentless guilt trips when you finally take a well-deserved vacation.

Those are things you shouldn’t have to deal with on a regular basis. You deserve a life outside of your job—and an employer who encourages you to live one.

You can continue reading this article on The Muse.

15 Culture Perks to Boost Team Productivity During the Summer

Filed under: company culture, Productivity, Work-Life Balance

Summer is heating up, and so is the restlessness of your employees. You need to find a way to engage them and keep their head in the game. Giving your team top-level perks is one way to ensure they perform in the summer and keep the distractions at bay.

Summer hours, casual Fridays and outdoor activities can help your employees appreciate your company in the summer and help you retain them even if a better offer comes by. Using the summer to your advantage will allow you to provide your staff with all sorts of advantages they will enjoy, and will help increase the respect they have for you.

Below, 15 members of the Forbes Agency Council share some of the successful culture perks or bonding activities they typically implement in the summer to improve their teams’ creativity and productivity.

1. Summer Hours on Fridays

It’s not a radical idea in the agency world, but sometimes the best ideas are the tried-and-true ideas. We close our offices at 1 p.m. on Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Sometimes it makes the work week a bit more stressful, but on balance, that simple half day off seems to punch above its weight. And the net effect makes weekends seem much longer and more renewing. – Justin DaabMagnani

2. Walking Meetings

Walking meetings are a great way to get out of the office and enjoy the nice weather while still being very productive. For your next meeting, consider taking it outside. It’s refreshing, helps inspire creativity and breaks up the day in a fun and healthy way. – Brad WilliamsWebDevStudios

3. The Picnic Table

It is so simple yet powerful. Breaking bread has been shown to strengthen relationships, as well as give a feeling of stability and connectedness. We plan monthly team meals where we fire up the grill and eat outside around picnic tables on the back patio. It’s not uncommon to see team meetings and group discussions moved to the patio when the weather is nice. – Korena KeysKeyMedia Solutions

4. Meditation, Retreats And Shutdown Days

Everyone knows we take meditations, retreat and shutdown days seriously — not just because of their positive benefit to society, but because they aid the process of flourishing for each team member. When each person on our team truly flourishes, it has a great impact on how we focus on our work of building happier flourishing Africans. And if you cannot meditate for one hour, meditate for two. – Chude JideonwoJoy, Inc.

5. Innovation Days

We try to dedicate one day a month in the summer to innovation and creative thinking — not work product. Usually, this leads us outdoors and into nature. We often hike, talk and take photos and generally enjoy the fresh air. It’s amazing how this changes our perspectives and keeps us fresh. – Randy Shattuck, The Shattuck Group

6. Press Releases By The Pool

One of the things we do is soak up some Vitamin D by hosting a “press releases by the pool” day for our team. We’ll have refreshing beverages, Texas barbecue and pool activities all afternoon. Company culture should never take a break, and playing to your strengths is important. When it’s routinely 100-plus degrees outside in Austin, Texas, not only is this a nice culture perk, it’s practically a necessity. – Kathleen Lucente, Red Fan Communications

7. Work-From-Home Days

We rolled out a work-from-home policy every other Friday two summers ago and it was an instant hit. Employees, especially millennials, love the freedom to work where and when they want. We also found our employees achieved a lot on these days since most days were free of meetings. This day became a great “knock it out” day while providing the ability to work from your local park or schedule a personal appointment with more flexibility. – Simms Jenkins, BrightWave – North America’s Leading Email Marketing Agency

8. Monday Walk

People tend to dread coming into the office on Mondays. I am attempting to change that with a Monday afternoon walk. It breaks up the day, gets us outside and allows the team to bond. It also gives everyone something to look forward to (myself included). Thus far, it’s been a big success. – Aidan Cole,

9. Airbnb Experiences

To say that summer in San Francisco is a bit chilly may be the understatement of the year. One way we beat the fog is to book an Airbnb experience. These experiences get us out of the office, collaborating and, most importantly, laughing. – Michaela Dempsey, Scout RFP

10. Special Party For Team, Clients, Family

Every summer around the 21st of June, we throw a party for our team, clients, friends and family. We work together to plan a meal and cook tacos for our guests, and we spend the rest of the evening celebrating a successful first half of the year. Guests tell us that it is one of the most unique events they’ve attended and our growing staff loves participating in the tradition. – Benjamin Collins, Laughing Samurai

11. Dedicated Remote Live/Work Space

Last year we opened the MODassic Outpost in Salida, CO which serves as remote live/work space where our employees can escape their daily routine. Our team is all in house, but we really value travel and getting away. We wanted to create a place where employees could get away and enjoy the mountains, river and town but still work and not have to use up their vacation time or spend money on hotels. – Ryan Short, MODassic Marketing

12. Summer Happy Hours

Our office is located in a cute beach town, and we especially try to take advantage of that during the summer. We typically pick a day during the week to do an office happy hour where we close the office early and walk to a nearby restaurant. I believe this makes my team more productive — having an outing to look forward to mid-week. Sometimes we even just opt for wine on the beach. – Leila Lewis, Be Inspired PR

You can continue reading this article on Forbes.

Solomon Page Joins NYRR for 5K in Central Park

Filed under: company culture, Company News, SPG News, Work-Life Balance

On Thursday, July 25th, Solomon Page joined the New York Road Runners and over 4,700 other runners for a 5k through Central Park.


With temperatures in the mid-80s and high humidity, the course proved to be a welcomed challenge.

Our team embraced the heat in style and had a great time while doing it (especially while celebrating their achievements with post-race popsicles).

We’re very appreciative of New York Road Runners and all their volunteers for coordinating such an enjoyable, well-planned race.

The Power of Culture in the Workplace

Filed under: company culture, Job Market, Job Statistics, Professional Development, Work-Life Balance

Corporate culture is a concept at the forefront of the employment marketplace—professionals want to feel valued as individuals, not just for their professional contributions.

In order to ensure a fulfilled and productive workforce, employers should build a strong culture to enhance employee morale; this translates to defining the organization’s mission and core values, as well as creating a sense of community amongst employees through professional and personal development.

Our 2018 Market Insights Report shows the impact culture has on professionals from the moment they consider a position through the lifecycle of employment.

1. The Offer: Our study shows that following compensation, corporate culture and work-life balance are the most important factors to consider in a job offer. And while respondents agree that salary is the most significant determinant in accepting an offer, nearly half (40%) of jobseekers would take a position that did not meet their financial expectations but with a company that promotes culture and professional development.

2. Engagement: In this candidate-driven market—the U.S. unemployment rate is below 4%, the lowest in 18 years—hiring quality professionals is only the beginning. In addition to attracting talent, companies must keep their workforce engaged. Our study shows that while people value the financial and tangible aspects of employment—compensation, insurance, 401(k)—they equally value professional growth and fulfillment.

3. Job Satisfaction: We can assume that, to jobseekers and tenured employees alike, culture may not be regarded as the most important aspect of a job, but it is certainly an unequivocal determinant. 93% of all respondents agree that it is important to have a sense of belonging and shared values with their organization. Our results show there is strong correlation between culture and job satisfaction:

    • of the professionals who claimed they fit in ‘very well’ with their culture, 77% were satisfied at their job;
    • of the respondents who fit in ‘somewhat,’ 62% were satisfied;
    • and of the people who didn’t fit in, only 33% were happy in their roles.

4. Retention: As challenging as it is to attract talented professionals, retention is equally as essential. In today’s competitive marketplace companies must invest in retaining top talent, as turnover is not only costly but impacts morale and employee engagement. Culture is a key factor in employee retention—of the people we surveyed who were planning a job change within the next year, only half (50%) noted a positive company culture, compared to the professionals who weren’t planning a job change, of which 90% reported alignment with company culture.

Our study concludes that positive company culture vastly benefits both employers and employees—your external brand is only as strong as your internal culture. In order to perform well employees need to feel appreciated, engaged, and aligned with their company’s mission and core values.

It’s crucial for companies to build and enhance culture for the well-being and productivity of their workforce, as clients will never love a company until the employees love it first. Ultimately, business improves along with employee morale: low turnover, as well as increased motivation, translates to positive results.


Stay tuned for more insights where we will reveal steps employers can take to successfully implement a positive company culture and productive work environment.

Want Your Best Employees to Never Leave You? Give Them the 7 Things They Need the Most

Filed under: company culture, Leadership, teams

In the quest to crack the code on employee engagement, companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on wasted efforts to “develop their leaders.”

Since leadership development is broad, it needs to be clearly defined for business outcomes. The common denominator is teaching managers the fine art of people skills. After all, leading an organization is still mostly about people — its most important asset. Without mastering people skills, you simply cannot be a good leader.

But to do that, managers must have a basic understanding of human behavior. What science has already found is that positive emotions are at the root of human motivation. We are wired for it in our creation design.

Therefore, managers must acquire the knowledge of what makes people tick and what inspires human beings to perform at a high level.

1. People at work need to feel safe.
This is true especially as they start a new role or job. They need confidence boosters from their leaders. Emotionally intelligent leaders will build them up through encouragement, praise, and positive affirmation. They will show them hope for the future, ask them about their goals and interests, and give them assurance of a career path. Safety is a basic human need and the best employees want to know where they stand — now and in the future. The best leaders give them that hope by speaking to their needs.

2. People at work need compliments.
“I don’t like to be recognized,” said no human being, ever. Managers have to get into the habit of praising and complimenting their people for their good qualities and work. The companies in Gallup’s study with the highest engagement levels use recognition and praise as a powerful motivator to get their commitment. They found that employees who receive it on a regular basis increase their individual productivity, receive higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers, and are more likely to stay with their organization. How regular are we talking? Praise should be given once per week, according to Gallup.

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How to Understand a Company’s Culture from the Outside

Filed under: company culture

Imagine you’ve just received a job offer. Congratulations! If you’re like most people, the first question on your mind is, “Wait? How do I know if I’ll like this job?” All you have is an offer letter and a job description with policies and procedures. How can you understand an organization’s culture from the outside? My favorite definition of culture comes from Airbnb’s Brian Chesky: “Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with passion.”

According to MIT culture scholar Edgar Schein, there are three ways to understand culture: 1) Artifacts—which are visible things like what people wear to work; 2) Beliefs and values—which are more invisible, like valuing consensus when making decisions; and 3) Basic underlying assumptions, which are usually unconscious, like a belief that you should hire people like yourself. So how can you find these out?

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Why Culture Matters More Than Goals

Filed under: Career Advice, company culture, Goals, Insights

What’s the culture of your organization? Is it an environment where things get done on time, every time? Or are deadlines more flexible? Do you believe in having fun, or is it more serious?

Every organization has a culture, so does every family. Culture is the, usually, unspoken beliefs about how things work around here.

Peter Drucker famously said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

Culture is often what enables or prevents an organization from achieving goals.

For example, if an organization sets a goal to increase on time deliveries, but the culture tolerates excuses, it’s unlikely that the team will achieve the goal. The company can provide incentives, and it may drive a short-term spike, but in the end, the culture will ultimately prevail.

Why does this happen?

It’s a case of implicit versus explicit. Most leaders are explicit about goals, they write them down, share them, and measure against them. But when it comes to culture, it’s more implicit. We assume people should just “know” how to behave.

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