Innovation is a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot. It sounds great when you are trying to impress your boss during your 10 o’clock meeting, but it’s rare that the term is actually embraced and recognized for what it truly means. At SportsArt, innovation is at the core of everything we do.
Innovation means an endless pursuit of the next best thing, but it is easy to lose track of where you come from when your sights are always set on the future. At SportsArt we hold tight to our roots and the original vision that our founder, Paul Kuo, had for this company to help ground us as we move forward. Today we had time to catch up Paul to discuss the company’s history in the fitness industry.
Fall is in the air and for a group of sports-minded employees, that means football season is in full swing! True die-hard fans are busy bantering back and forth about their Fantasy Football stats, but this year SportsArt America employees are gearing up for their own competition: Which department can put on the best Blue Friday event? So far the Administration team treated the office to Seahawks-colored Italian Sodas one Friday and Logistics fed everyone breakfast and lunch! We can hardly wait to see what the other departments have up their sleeves! In the meantime, this October marked a brand new SportsArt America tradition: the annual Chili Cook-Off! Five employees submitted their very best bowls of chili while everyone else brought side dishes and snacks for everyone else. In the end, Ryan came out on top and took home a $25 Visa gift card. He also ended up the winner of our Halloween cubicle decoration contest! Yup, he was so good that it was kind of spooky! At the end of lunch, however, it was clear that everybody won. Check out our photos from the event below!
SportsArt America has recently moved from our original building in Woodinville to a brand new facility in Mukilteo, and with this big change came a small adjustment period and a handful of expected challenges. One of these challenges was determining where to hold our monthly staff meeting while the room that would normally hold it was still finishing up construction. After much deliberation, our HR manager Tiffiny decided to cancel the meeting — but not the gathering itself! Instead, arrangements were made to host a special hour of good ol’ fashioned recess for the employees of SportsArt America. Carnival-esque games and dollar-store toys were arranged behind the building and a delicious spread of Jimmy John’s sandwiches was provided, encouraging everyone to venture out of the office and into the warm Washington summer sun. We may not have been as productive as we might have been during the meeting, but it was certainly a much-appreciated break. Shout-outs to HR and everyone else who helped to make it possible!