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Connection at work matters: it drives feelings of belonging, engagement, wellbeing, and productivity. How can teams create more opportunities for real human connection? Courtney Stratton, Employee Engagement at Donut, chatted with Jason Lindstrom, CEO at Bucketlist Rewards. They share strategies, stories, tips and tricks for building a whole-person, human-centric workplace. Takeaways:
- The ROI of building human connections in the workplace
- The impact of understanding coworkers as people (were more than the work we do)
- How personalizing recognition in the workplace helps build human connections
- How to create time and space for authentic employee connection
You asked for it, and we listened… and we’re so excited to announce Donut’s newest creation, Celebrations! Now, in addition to ✨ breaking the ice with Intros and 🚰 sparking casual banter with Watercooler, your team can 🎉 connect around birthdays and work anniversaries with Donut Celebrations.
During this special Office Hours session, we introduce you to the product, walk through a demo and setup, and save lots of time for questions.
Feeling isolated or disconnected, despite starting to cautiously go back to “business as usual?” Humans need connections to thrive, but after two years of isolation we’ve all withered a bit more than we’d prefer. How can we rebuild our professional relationships beyond the Zoom screen? Join Courtney Stratton from Donut and Josh Levine from Great Mondays as they tackle the most pressing question facing the next phase of work: How can we bring our work-lives back to life?
They discuss: reintroducing serendipity, rebuilding personal/ professional networks, and creating new intentional rituals. If you don’t have time to watch, you can view the deck.
Office Hours: The Best of Donut 2021 (1/19/22)
Welcome, 2022! To kick off the new year and our launch of Donut Digested 2021, we talked about our favorite Donut stories of 2021, sharing customers’ favorite features, walking through a product demo, and answering Q&A live. This session is for you if you’re hoping to do more in 2022 with regards to:
– Helping team members meet new colleagues across locations & departments
– Try creative new programs that keep people engaged
– Creating space for wellbeing at work
If you don’t have time to watch, you can view the deck.
Office Hours: The Great Re-engagement (10/27/21)
Real talk: employees today are feeling fatigued, burned out, and disengaged, and it’s up to all of us to create a more human workplace. Join as Josh Levine, Author of Great Mondays, and Courtney Stratton, Donut’s Experience Lead explore the reasons behind — and possible solutions to — the “great resignation.” They tackle the biggest drivers of disengagement, and the processes and tools that can help re-ignite commitment and motivation. You’ll hear real stories, practical tips, and unexpected tricks that you can bring to your own organization. If you don’t have time to watch, you can view the deck.
For the majority of teams who will be working in a hybrid work model moving forward, Donut has been working hard to help ease the transition. We’ve recorded a demo of Donut for Hybrid Work, including: how to connect teammates around common interests with Favorite Things; how to set up new pre-set Donut channels easily using templates (including new Hybrid-friendly templates!); and how to connect across teams in shared channels (including Slack Connect & Enterprise Grid) with Watercooler. If you don’t have time to watch, view our slides.
Trust is the secret ingredient to openness, creativity, and innovation—the bedrock of a high-functioning team — but it can be hard to foster, especially on a fast-growing or distributed team. Allison Goldberg, co-Founder & Creative Director of GoldJam Creative joined us for a masterclass in techniques that increase trust, creativity, and openness. This session includes a short facilitation, best practice-sharing, Donut program ideas, and Q+A. If you don’t have time to watch, view our slides.
Intern programs are crucial for meeting and training the next generation of employees — and creating connections is a key part of the intern experience. Not only do interns grow from forming deep bonds among their intern class, but they — and the organization! — also benefit tremendously from meeting and idea-sharing with folks throughout the company. Learn how Donut can help you set your internship program up for short- and long-term success. This session includes best practice-sharing, program ideas, a live demo, and Q+A. If you don’t have time to watch, view our slides.
Learn how to tap into recognition to drive greater connection. As we start to transition back into the office and explore how hybrid work will work for our teams, it’s more important than ever to be intentional and equitable about recognition programs that work for everyone and help foster real connection. Special guest Vicki Yang, VP, People Operations at Bonusly, and Donut’s own connections expert, Courtney Stratton chat about all things recognition, and share some new ideas to put into practice in your workplace — including a new co-created Watercooler topic pack to help build relationships by driving recognition in small and large ways. If you don’t have time to watch, view our slides.
Learn new ways to bring your team together and make new connections, even while working in remote and hybrid settings! In this office hours, we walk through Donut 101, helping you understand how Donut works, giving you some ideas for fun, purposeful connection programs and conversation starters that you can bring back to your team, and answering commonly-asked questions. If you don’t have time to watch, view our slides.
Learn how moments of silliness and vulnerability strengthen bonds, which can be trickier when you’re working from different places. In this office hours, we’re joined by special guest Gary Ware, the Chief Play Officer at Breakthrough Play. Gary’s an expert on fostering creativity and connection through humor and — you guessed it — play. He’ll talk about why purposeful play is critical for people– and businesses– and spotlights our newest Connection Program, the “Un-Talent” show. If you don’t have time to watch, view our slides.
Learn how to better, more regularly connect across levels, now that we’re missing “in-between” moments like hallway run-ins after meetings. We’ll walk you through Donut’s new skip-level connection program, open-sourcing how our leadership uses Donut to more regularly and reliably hold 1:1s with direct-reports’ direct reports. If you don’t have time to watch, view our slides.
Learn about our new Program Hub feature and how it can help you manage your Donut programs. We put the spotlight on cross-group intros and shared how you can use Donut for hybrid work connections. There’s also plenty of helpful audience Q+A, so if there’s something you’ve been wondering, it might be a good place to start! If you don’t have time to watch, view our slides.
Learn about Donut best practices and recent updates, with a spotlight on our new fun, social connections programs (hello, Selfie Contest and Social Standup!). There’s also plenty of helpful audience Q+A, so if there’s something you’ve been wondering, it might be a good place to start! If you don’t have time to watch, view our slides.
“Office” Hours with Donut (2/4/21)
Learn about Donut best practices and recent updates, including templates for connection programs like “Allyship in Action” and “Mistake Party” by LifeLabs Learning, and a deep dive into Donut Watercooler. There’s also plenty of helpful audience Q+A, so if there’s something you’ve been wondering, it might be a good place to start! If you don’t have time to watch, view our slides here.
Learn how you can strengthen existing connections between employees and build new ones using Donut. We walked through programs other teams are using successfully like virtual coffees, group lunches, games — and more! If you don’t have time to watch, read our recap or check out the slides.
Coffee with Donut: Mentorship and Peer Learning (8/4/20)
Learn how to facilitate mentorship and peer learning programs using Donut. We walked through ways to structure groups, encourage expertise sharing, facilitate unexpected connections— and more. You can read our recap or check out the slides.
Coffee with Donut: Creating Connections for New Hires (7/21/20)
Learn how you can set new hires up for success at every step of the way using Donut. From check-ins, to team intros, to opportunities to solicit feedback, you’ll come away with an understanding of how and why to run new hire connections programs, and new ideas for programs to implement in your organization. You can read our recap or check out the slides.
Learn about Donut best practices and recent updates, including our new DEI Mini Actions connection program and Watercooler pack. The Mini Actions program is a lightweight way to start meaningful conversations about diversity, inclusion, equity, belonging, antiracism, intersectional feminism, and more. If you don’t have time to watch, check out the slides!
Learn how you can support inclusion and create belonging using Donut. We walked through ways to facilitate conversation, create safe spaces for learning, and support employee resource groups— and more! If you don’t have time to watch, read our recap or check out the slides.
Remote and Hybrid Work Culture
As we prepared for 2022, we wanted to hold space to reflect—sharing insights with HR experts from the previous year while discussing what should be top of mind as we turn our calendars yet again. We join HR experts from Bonusly, Headspace Health, and 1Password as they shared their stories—the good, the bad, and even the ugly. They also made predictions for what’s in store for HR leaders and company-wide culture in the year ahead. In this discussion, we covered:
- What the heck, 2021? HR Leaders will share experiences from 2021—what were the trends and themes affecting people operations and organizational culture?
- What did we get right? And wrong? Leaders will look back at what they thought would be a focus of 2021. How right were we? Did we see the Great Resignation coming? How about work from home burnout?
- So, what now? Panelists will make predictions for the year ahead so we can start planning for a better 2022.
What do 1:1 agendas 🗒, selfie contests 📸, and social standups 🎉 have in common? They’re all ways to influence team communication & improve culture without needing approval or permission from the “powers that be.” We chatted with our friends at Hypercontext about team-led programs, intrinsic rewards, & other ways to keep employees excited about where they work. Specifically, we covered: strategies to make work exciting for every individual on your team; how to introduce variable rewards to keep things interesting; questions you can ask your team to better understand what motivates them; how to stay playful and inclusive as you scale, even in hyper growth; and strategies to manufacture spontaneity at work. You can also check out the slides!
They used to happen at the water cooler or snack bar: informal encounters where team members trade small talk and big ideas. Yet in an increasingly remote and hybrid workforce, those chance meetings have been disrupted. How can employers put in place programs, incentives, and other tools to bring their people together virtually? And what sustainable practices can be put into place as some employees transition back to the office? The potential benefits are many: a richer corporate culture, more innovation, and stronger bonds of inclusion. Watch Donut’s CEO Dan Manian in conversation with Fast Company reporter Lydia Dishman. Brought to you by From Day One.
Culture Canvas: The Six Components of Culture (5/28/20)
Learn how to map and build a sustainable, intentional culture from the experts! We talked with Josh Levine, author of Great Mondays and Bobby Melloy, Sr. People Scientist at Culture Amp, to learn about the six building blocks of culture — and some easy best practices to make your culture more authentic, intentional, and inclusive by design. You can read our recap or check out the slides.
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