A leading public relations agency doesn’t get honored as one of the best places to work year-after-year for simply offering tasty snacks in the well-appointed breakroom (which Konnect does). No, to be at the top, and stay there, agencies need to think outside of the box in offering perks and benefits to attract and retain top talent. Competition for the best and brightest media and digital relations specialists is fierce. And so is Konnect’s annual holiday retreat.
Each year, for two-to-three glorious days, Konnect takes its entire staff on a holiday retreat to celebrate the year’s success; the accomplishments achieved; mistakes we’ve learned from; and give a well-deserved break to our devoted employees who work so hard on behalf of the brands we love.
Konnect has traveled to Bermuda. Soared over Temecula in hot air balloons. And set sail on the open seas. The annual trip is a cherished tradition and one the team looks forward to all year long.
While there is a heavy dose of fun involved, company retreats make an impact on the business. As a growing public relations agency and digital marketing firm that is about to celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2019, we’ve seen our office expand from our Los Angeles headquarters into New York, Austin, and two remote locations in Denver, Colorado and Charlotte, North Carolina. Konnect offers flexible schedules and regular work from home days. As traditional office locations and hours have evolved, having dedicated time each year to regroup, get facetime, and learn more about each other’s personalities helps us to set the tone for the year ahead.
Beyond the increases in engagement and therefore, productivity, we see from the annual holiday retreat; the most important reason for the all-in trip, is appreciation. Great employees are hard to find and when you find those gems (and Konnect has five offices filled with them!), a savvy business owner will waste no time in showing gratitude for their team’s efforts. Regular encouragement all year long combined with a memorable team trip to help reinforce Konnect’s belief and support of its teams, has helped us to live into our values of Integrity, Passion, Excellence, Positivity, Collaboration and Flexibility.
So as we embark on this year’s journey, let us all take a moment to give thanks. Gratitude for a job well-done all year long. Appreciation for teams who are really like extended members of our family. And for the opportunity to get to work in an industry that excites us, supporting our clients and brands that make such an impact.
Cheers to 2019!