Today, nearly all 120 members of the JMARK Business Solutions team work remotely. In most situations, CEO Thomas Douglas says this would kill company culture. But not at JMARK.
Douglas gives a lot of credit to what has become known as the monthly rally. This is not your regular meeting. This is not a time to talk shop. It’s a time to celebrate the team. JMARK has been hosting monthly rallies for the past six years. “It started as an employee appreciation lunch to say thanks,” Douglas says. Over the years, the lunch evolved into a celebration. Now, the whole team gathers over a catered meal to celebrate successes and company anniversaries where, as Douglas explains, “we spend a little bit of time celebrating that person, their career highlights and the impact they’ve had on the company.”
It’s a quick celebration—not lasting more than 30 minutes—but its impact has been meaningful. “I think people really look forward to [the rally] even if it’s not their anniversary,” says Kristin Dunn, collaboration specialist. “I think everyone needs a place to belong where they feel like they’re part of a big team.”