Push-Up to Wellness Wonders

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Do you ever wonder how many push-ups you could achieve at any given moment? Get down and give us 20! In all seriousness, take a few minutes to count the number you’re able to reach. Is it 5? 10? 142? Now – if you’re not too tired – think about how many push-ups your entire company could collaboratively log. We actually answered this question for ourselves during June’s Fool-wide Push-Up Wellness Challenge.

This competition definitely showed off more than muscle. At the start of June, Wellness Coordinator Sam Whiteside challenged Fools to sign up for push-up brackets of 500; 1,000; 3,000; 5,000; and 10,000. All Foolish health challenges are optional, with the goal being for each Fool to attain their personal goal in 30 days. Over 80 Fools signed up for June’s contest, pausing daily to push-up during meetings, stand-ups, and (naturally) Sam’s wellness classes.

To help Sam reach her own participation goal for this competition, People Team Fools cooked up a surprise plan. On June 30, we launched Push-Up to Pamper Sam, a one-day challenge that unlocked prizes for Sam at set tiers. The categories kicked off with a tiny solar plant and breakfast delivery, soon escalating to gift cards at Port City Brewery, Sugar House Day Spa & Salon, and Zweet Sport. The amounts gave room for Sam to bring along other Fools, too.

Throughout the day, Fools everywhere pushed – literally and figuratively – to unlock the tough tiers. Progress was monitored with a spreadsheet while Fools sent regular updates on a Slack channel. As the day rolled along, a total of 189 Fools participated – and the challenge didn’t stop once office lights dimmed. Fools were active online even after midnight, all encouraging one another to do more for the team.

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We finished with an impressive count of 31,043 push-ups in one day. Fools surpassed all seven tiers in the 7a-11:59p Push Up to Pamper Sam challenge, contributing to a final count of 170,198 Fool push-ups in June. Do your arms hurt yet?

June 30 didn’t turn out to be a typical Foolish Tuesday. On the final day of our June wellness challenge, Fools all over the world seriously rallied. Such support symbolized how well Fools can come together to make major things happen for the love of our company or, in this case, a fellow Fool. We’re adding this record to the books!

Foolish Innovation Wins

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Since Innovation is one of our Core Values, Fools looked forward to DCFemTech’s recent reveal of this year’s “Most Powerful Programmers.” Another reason to embrace the excitement? Because not one but TWO Fools were recognized by fellow females in the DC tech scene for impressive achievements in their field.

DCFemTech, a group that supports females in tech organizations, received a total of 79 nominations. Winners were chosen based on the impact they’ve had on their company; the complexity of their coding; and the impression they’ve had on their community. The final list of winners – 30 ladies in all – can be found here.

Congratulations to Fools Lisa Chung and Emily Williamson! Thanks for dedicating your talents to Foolish innovation, both at FoolHQ and in our local community.

March Madness is a Workplace Win

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It’s that time of year again – March Madness is back! Although this month signals an exciting time for sports fans, most companies aren’t as enthused. Research shows that March Madness can be distracting to employees, plus decreased productivity is estimated to cost American companies nearly $2 billion dollars in 2015.

Perhaps the real madness lies behind employers banning the tournament from workplaces. That’s right – just hear us out. Our own Sam Cicotello said to The Washington Post, “”If employers lock things down, what that ends up doing is putting the employee in a very bad spot, where they have to lie and can’t do something they enjoy.”

Like The Motley Fool, more organizations are starting to view March Madness in a positive light. If the tournament is embraced, it can be the perfect opportunity to foster collaboration and build employee relationships.

Still not convinced? Sam Cicotello shared a few more Foolish thoughts on March Madness in The Washington Post’s feature – click here to read on!

GLASSDOOR NAMES US THE BEST MEDIUM-SIZED COMPANY TO WORK FOR IN THE US (AGAIN!)

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Have you heard the exciting news? Glassdoor has named us the #1 company to work for in America – for the second year in a row! Out of more than 125,000 companies eligible to win, The Motley Fool was ranked highest by those who know best – our Foolish employees.

Winners were determined based entirely on accurate and approved company reviews submitted to Glassdoor between November 13, 2013 and November 2, 2014. All of the reviews remain absolutely anonymous, and The Motley Fool took the top spot on the list for companies with fewer than 1,000 employees.

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What makes a company the best place to work? Besides a motivating company mission, employee engagement and workplace culture are also major factors. Head People Fool Lee Burbage adds,”We don’t believe perks drive our employee engagement, but feeling like your leadership team cares about you and what you want or need to be happy does drive engagement.” Our CEO Tom Gardner and a few other Fools share more in this exciting video:

 

Thanks to Fools near and far that contributed to our success. Fool On!

Introducing the Blog Network Campus Challenge: Write for The Fool and Win!

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By Mark Reeth
Motley Fool Blog Editor

Join us for the Campus Challenge!

A few months ago I, like many people around the country, graduated from college full of hope and confidence, knowing that a prosperous career lay right in front of me.  Scrooge McDuck-esque piles of money awaited me, and the world was sepia-toned and fancy free.

Of course I, like many people around the country, realized that getting a job is a lot tougher than it looks.  To kill time between rejection letters from prospective employers, I began blogging for The Motley Fool, a site I’d often referred back to during my college career.  The gig was easy; for $50 per post I could write to my heart’s content about any company of my choosing and The Fool would syndicate my work to sites like Daily Finance and Yahoo! Finance.

If only I’d started doing this back in college, I’d think.  Imagine how nice that would’ve been—$50 per post can go a long way towards beer and pizza…I mean textbooks.  Through The Fool’s syndication sites I could’ve gotten my name out there, and built a portfolio of work that would’ve gone great with all those resumes I’d sent out.

Now that I work at The Fool as a Blog Editor, it’s clear to me that the opportunity to write for a site like The Fool would have been invaluable back in college.  Keeping this in mind, we here at the Blog Network have come up with a great way to get college students writing.  Please allow me to introduce the first ever Campus Challenge!

A Call to Arms for the Battle of the Blogs!

The premise is simple; in order to encourage college students who are interested in finance to begin working in the industry, we’ve created the Campus Challenge.  Any undergrad or graduate students who love investing will write for the Blog Network as part of a school team.  Each team will be awarded points based on the quality of their posts, with bonuses for articles that are chosen as Editor’s Choice, among other commendations. At the end of the Challenge, three competitors will join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show at American University’s Kogod School of Business to present their best investing ideas to the radio show team.  At this final event, the highest scoring team will be crowned the Challenge Champions, and will win a fabulous Grand Prize!

So if you’re a college student looking for to way into the financial world, if you know a broke college student who knows how to invest, or if you’re a concerned parent who wants their kid to find a job and move out of the basement (like mine were), then this is the opportunity for you!  The Challenge begins on January 22nd and goes until March 7th, which means you’ve got plenty of time to find some fellow students to blog with you.  And don’t worry, even if you want to participate but can’t put together a team at your college or university, we’ll be awarding plenty of individual prizes throughout the competition.

Honor, glory, and riches await the best blogging team!  For more information about the Campus Challenge, you can email blog@fool.com, or drop me a line at MReeth@fool.com.  And if you just want to be a blogger, check out http://beta.fool.com/ and get writing!

Fool On!