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Celebrations keep firm culture consistent across locations

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Every Friday, a beer truck parks outside the Miami and Chicago offices of digital agency BGT Partners, and employees are invited to toast each other for their successes during the week.

During a weeklong “BGT Palooza” in the spring, the organization rewarded employees for their contributions with massages, pedicures, free lunches and prizes from clients like Sony and local restaurants.

And workers designated as Employee of the Week throughout the year also win lunches and gift cards.

Both locations are new to the company, and execs have said what happens at one will happen at both in an effort to keep the culture consistent companywide.

“It’s kind of an interesting way to not only reward people, but tie it back in some way to our business,” said Andrea Fishman, vice president of global strategy.

In addition, employees from each location often fly to the other to work face-to-face with team members. In fact, they are encouraged to talk one-to-one rather than relying on Facebook and email, even though the agency specializes in social media.

And they’re expected to greet their colleagues every morning and say “goodbye” at the end of each work day, which typically begins at 9 a.m. and stops no later than 6 p.m.

Still, the firm’s 175 employees can let bosses know what they think about the company and its culture, policies and work environment through a Twitter account that the entire staff can access.

Contact: Andrea Fishman, (888) 282-2487.

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