In late October of 2017 we were informed that one of our employees was experiencing a difficult time with her family. After a trip to Singapore Paula Martinez’s brother Richmond Martinez Jr. who goes by Jr. complained of a headache and did not feel well. Shortly after he became faint and passed out. He was taken to the hospital where he was being treated for a stroke, but was later pronounced brain dead.
As the sole provider and breadwinner for her family, Paula did not only have to deal with the emotions of losing her sibling, but also the financial burden of paying for the hospital bills and funeral services.It was at this time that our employees pulled together to raise funds to help Paula and her family. Over the period of a week we were able to raise over $2,000. In hard times like this you can always lean on your HSS family.
It’s not often you can secretly pull off something spectacular, but we did it! In late March we were informed of an injury one of our dear co-workers’ dogs had sustained. Newny, who is a Pit-Mix was playing at the dog park when she tore her ACL. Shortly after the injury Newny’s owner Kristen who has been with HSS since 2013 was told by a Vet that the only way to make her dog better would be for her to have TPLO (tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy) surgery to repair her ACL. Of course, Kristen was distraught with emotion, but also worried about the financial aspect of it. This surgery costs $4,000 and needed to be done quickly to avoid the risk of tearing another ACL.
That same day we pulled together the HSS troops and set up a Go Fund Me account for Newny. In less than one week we were able to collect $3,720. Newny had surgery and is now on the road to recovery and Kristen can breathe a sigh of relief. This is just another example of how the people at HSS are more than co-workers, they’re family.
At the end of each quarter our employees are treated to a company event and sales meeting, with themes from Whirlyball to Family Feud. For third quarter the 31st Summer Olympic Games made picking our theme easy! From August 9th to the 18th we ran a two week contest titled “HSS Olympics” that consisted of sports themed metric and endurance contests. Prizes were presented up front so the stakes were high and the competition was on!
The most notable contest happened on Cycling Day when we focused on duration and endurance by measuring employee retention and perfecting our techniques. For fun we held a contest for the longest wall-sit and after 20+ seemingly exhausting minutes we were forced to call a 3-way tie when not even the shakes could get our competitive crew to throw in the towel. Each day followed suit with an interactive contest. At the end of the two weeks teams added up all of the medals they had earned and the three teams with the most medals were able to choose from Orlando City Soccer tickets, Aquatica Amusement Park tickets and dinner at a restaurant of their choosing.
Just following the HSS Olympics we held an Olympics themed Sales Meeting titled “Train Like an Athlete” and turned our focus to our Sales Team. Account Managers were broken up into five teams and named after the five winning countries from the Summer Olympics. Each team was given a scenario and had 1 hour to prepare for a client meeting where they presented their pitch to our Leadership Team who acted as clients. After each team presented open discussion and best practices ensued.
The following day the entire company met at a local campground for an all-fun, no-work Olympic party to end our quarter. Teams rotated among ten different games including basketball, tether-ball, wrecking ball and corn-hole. Employees enjoyed food and drinks on the company and winners were awarded with gift cards. The Olympic games may only happen once every four years, but there’s a chance the HSS Olympics will happen annually after how much fun we had!
In the beginning of October 2016, our headquarters in Florida as well as many surrounding islands prepared for the worst as Hurricane Matthew made its presence known. Florida received nothing worse than high winds and down trees and electricity, but the same could not be said for Haiti. Hurricane Matthew made landfall on Haiti with 145 mph winds and violent sea surges which left Haiti’s coastal cities in ruins and more than 60,000 displaced and 300 dead. The aftermath in Haiti hit home when we learned that one of our employee’s parents lived there. In the days following the hurricane, Team HSS created a relief fundraiser to gather donations. After 2 weeks we were able to mail a check for $1,500 to his family in Haiti. We’re told that this money will be put towards purchasing food and clean drinking water which are both high in demand and low in supply.