Our Work Culture
Promoting a positive work environment is a vital part of our mission. With contests, staff events and outings, we encourage staff to stay connected and engaged.
Themed Spring Flings, summer BBQs and Kudos cards! How do we have fun while recognizing staff for their incredible work?
Our staff do incredible work everyday in our communities. Without the perseverance, integrity and creativity of our employees, KBH would be unable to serve its mission.
Throughout the year, KBH hosts events, awards service and recognizes good deeds as part of our staff appreciation efforts. Celebrating our staff is encouraged and a regular part of the year whether it is through an event or on our staff portal page.
Take a look at some of the ways we try to keep staff connected, engaged and acknowledged.
Every year, KBH puts on a staff appreciation Spring Fling. This fun night includes dinner, music, dancing, prizes and competitions. Themes have included Fire and Ice, Masquerade, Luau, the 80s and a Night at the Movies. This is a free event for staff and a plus one. Here are just a few pictures of past Spring Flings:
A few years ago, we began using Kudos cards as part of our staff recognition plan. Staff can fill out a kudos card for another staff member to recognize good deeds, congratulate on goals and highlight milestones. Each month, the kudos cards are added to a staff e-newsletter and a winner is randomly selected for a prize. We regularly get dozens of kudos cards and staff can hang them up in their offices.
We have staff who have been with KBH for over 30 years and we enjoy celebrating each anniversary milestone. For every five years of working at KBH, a staff member receives a Service Award which recognizes their time as well as a cash gift. The longer staff have worked at KBH, the larger the gift. These staff are also recognized on our staff portal page, the kudos e-blast and are celebrated at the annual Spring Fling.
The holidays can be stressful, so to add some levity to our workspace we introduced the Holiday Door Decorating Contest. Staff could decorate their doors and enter the competition to win cash prizes. Throughout the years, we have had incredible doors with creative themes put together by individual staff and groups.
Sometimes it can be difficult to regularly get staff together, we have over 400 all across Maine, so we enjoy creating online contests for staff to participate in and there is one thing, generally, all our staff love: pets. Two contests involving pets were the Pet Palooza and Pet Meme contest. The Pet Palooza was a parody of the Bachelor with our mascot, Larry the Lynx, as the one looking for love. Staff could enter their pets, after filling out an application, and participate in weekly challenges for Larry’s Love.
During our Pet Meme contest, staff entered pictures of their pets and then other staff could enter text to create a meme. The winning meme came with a prize!
At KBH, we have over 20 locations with our clinics, clubhouses and housing buildings. To help staff feel connected, even if they were in a different location, we introduced the “Where in the World is Larry the Lynx” challenged. Each month, an image of Larry, the KBH mascot, was taken at a different location and staff had to guess where he was located. If they got it right, they won a prize!
KBH staff have participated in other challenges including a photo scavenger hunt. Staff were given a list of 15 places in Maine to take a photo. If they were able to take a photo at 10 of those places by a deadline, they were entered to win a cash prize.
Another competition that staff have loved has been the Penny Wars. A program at KBH would be chosen to benefit from funds raised by a penny wars challenge. Staff were randomly entered into one of four teams and had to compete to raise the most money. One year, we raised over $650!
We love getting together with other staff and going for an adventure. Sometimes we create a team for a local 5K, go to a Sea Dogs game or rent out an ice skating rink!