Company culture plays a big role in employee satisfaction and retention. Some companies embrace a work hard, play hard ideology, others embrace giving back to the communities in which they are located. Deloitte, Salesforce, Stryker and others listed in the March 2015 Fortune article by Benjamin Snyder (@WriterSnyder) pay their employees for their time while they give back. Employees are encouraged to get into the community and share their talents. They do good works for others, they can feel good about their achievements and proud of their company for supporting their efforts. This is a triple win! Many groups enjoy rolling up their sleeves and spending time with their colleagues to volunteer. At CEI, we have created short, impactful programs[…]

By: Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski All in Place Communications and Event Planning www.allinplace.ca The Christmas season is upon us once again. I came across the World Vision Gift Guide recently. And it sparked me to write this blog entry. I’ve heard the radio commercials before as well as of people who have bought these wonderful, useful gifts for those less fortunate living in the different countries that the organization helps. What a great idea for a small to medium-sized office or even as departments to pool their money together and donate toward purchasing goats, chickens and cows that will help out families this Christmas. Or the purchase of fresh water, fruit trees, hygiene kits and mosquito nets. As well as gift bundles[…]

By: Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski All in Place Communications and Event Planning www.allinplace.ca T’is the season of giving back and being grateful for all the blessings in our lives. Companies are busy sending Christmas cards and delivering corporate gifts to their customers and suppliers. Those are all important business functions, but, let’s not to forget to engage the employees and give back to the business community it operates in. When planning your Holiday Party this year, why not incorporate giving back to your community somehow. You have all these guests in attendance; this is a great opportunity for them to contribute in some small shape or form. Encourage a toy and/or food drive – every guest that brings either or both will[…]

by Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski, All in Place Communications and Event Planning Planning the same old Holiday Party? Attending the same old Holiday Party? Are you looking to host a party that captures attendees’ attention? No matter how small or large the budget allows for, there are many ways to be creative and inventive. Film festivals are the events to attend these days.  As guests arrive, have a montage of classic Christmas movie moments playing to instrumental ‘winter wonderland’ music in the background. Not only will this instil memories of Christmas’ from long ago, it can be a great conversation starter. Whether it will make guests reminisce about previous Holiday parties (corporate or social) or their own family traditions (Aunt Mary’s shortbread[…]