An anniversary at work should be a bigger deal than a wedding anniversary. Sure, getting married is a monumental event. But, recently a co-worker and I figured out I had spent more time with him than my wife in the last 13 years at The Fool. So, shouldn’t I celebrate that even more than the time I spent with my wife?
Here we call that special work day a Fooliversary. We have 2 main components to a typical Fooliversary. First, on your
Fooliversary you receive balloons that state the number of years you have been with the company. This is a great visible
sign to everyone that you have sold out to the Foolish man. We enjoy wandering by each other’s desks, noting the big day, and giving congratulations.
The second part of our Fooliversary is the gift that goes along with the balloon(s). Sure we could go for the traditional watch or lapel pin. I remember when I received my 2 year gift at Bank of America. It was a business card holder AND a clock. Yes, two very functional items in one! OK, that was an awful attempt by B of A to say Thank You. The big part of that gift was that it meant I could now take a full 10 days off from work unlike The Fool where we have no vacation policy. But, I digress. The gift we award at the Fool is to provide an experience.
We believe that creating shared experiences is a powerful way to foster collaboration and friendship. We provide experiences like movies, front row seats to a game, cooking class, overnight stays, and travel abroad. With each year your experience gets bigger. Then we can bond over the years. “Oh, you are celebrating your 3 year Fooliversary. I remember when I got mine. I was front row at Lady Gaga.”
So, we go with a visible sign and a shared experience to recognize what we believe is a big deal – a long term commitment to The Fool, Our Mission, Our Friends, and Our Customers.