By Tom Shively
What attracted me to MoxiWorks was the level of collaboration that’s expected from every department. Upon first starting, I was asked how I felt about working with many, if not all, of the other teams here and if working as a part of a dynamic fast-paced team was something I could excel at doing. Fast forward two years and I can honestly say this experience has lived up to the promise.
One of the greatest parts about working at Moxi is if you have a fun, creative idea, it is encouraged you run with it. I have been at a number of tech companies and nowhere else has had an atmosphere of not only collaboration, but encouragement to think outside the box, outside the building, and outside your comfort zone.
It had been about five months after I started as Moxi’s trainer that I was sent across the country to host a series of talks teaching agents about our products. The event went spectacularly well, in no small part because of the teamwork our office has. On this trip I was joined by Senior Account Manager, Daniel Bailey, and our Manager of Product, Jillian Igarashi and the strengths of these two became obvious very quickly. Daniel can talk to anyone, about anything, at any time, and Jillian has an encyclopedic knowledge of our products and what’s coming! It was because of these two that this conference went so well.
Before I left I realized many people don’t know what happens when we travel into the field to present. So, I decided to bring my camera and film what happened, so I could create a recap video for the rest of the office to see what we accomplished. While on the trip I filmed all the different aspects of a Real Estate conference from our booth to the classes we taught and the travel from coast to coast. When I got home, I was able to piece together a story I thought would be interesting for the rest of the company to see.
The response I got was nothing like I could have imagined. I first sent the video to the executive team who asked if they could show it at our “All Hands” meeting later that day so the whole company could see it. The rest of the company seemed excited to see what happens when we go into the field and the response the industry has to our products. It was because of this positive response, I have continued to create videos for the company.
You see, our company has a mantra. “Think outside the building,” and nowhere is this more apparent than our community service day each year. Moxi shuts down for an entire day, takes all 70 techies and rolls up our collective sleeves to help Ryther. Before we made our way over, I was asked if I could bring my camera to capture some of the day. I agreed without hesitation and began shooting the moment we got there. Being able to speak with the staff and tour the facility to see what impact Moxi can make in helping the lives of the people in our community can only be described as extraordinary.
Making the video for this day was one of the most rewarding projects I have had the pleasure of creating. None of this would be possible without the support of Moxi as a whole, and the ability to accept a mentality that doesn’t just focus on what comes across your desk but is limited only by your creativity. Moxi empowers its employees to do better, follow your goals, and think outside the building, where ever that may be.
Watch Tom’s Community Service Day video below!
The Moxi Fund is an integral part of what we do here at Moxi Works. Our staff contributes directly to it from every paycheck. Since 2014, the Moxi Fund has raised over $80,000 for local Seattle charities benefitting children and families in need.
The team here at Moxi that oversees the Moxi Fund, plans ingenious fundraisers and is responsible for the consistent growth and giving of the funds. Here’s a look at all the Moxi Fund was able to accomplish in 2017:
Pike Place Market Foundation
“Cut the Pie”
In May, several Moxians had the honor to attend the Pike Place Market Foundation’s “Cut the Pie” event! This event is held every year to distribute grant money—partly funded by the donations from Moxi employees—to deserving, impactful services in the market community. Our attendees were blown away by the depth of health care, housing, and nutritional services operate right next door to us, and all the recipients commented on how “now more than ever” these services are needed and how Pike Market Foundation is an invaluable resource to the needy.
Pike Place Giving Tree
The Pike Place Giving Tree is a favorite at Moxi Works. During a time when everyone is trying to budget for their own family’s vacations, feasts, and gifts, it’s even more important to not forget about those that need it more than we do around the holidays. We put up a tree in the office and hung tags for specific items a local family had asked for. Employees could grab a tag from the tree and come back with said item. We wrapped ‘em all up and delivered them to the folks at the Pike Place Market Foundation. They let us know that all these gifts went to a relocated family in Seattle to make them feel loved in their new home.
Community Service Day
Every year, all of Moxi Works closes its doors for an entire day to give back to the local community. In 2017, we volunteered at Ryther. Founded in 1885, Ryther is a nonprofit organization serving vulnerable children and their families. They serve children and youth who are struggling with mental illness, substance use, Autism, and/or trauma. Here’s a look at what we were able to accomplish as a Moxi team that day.
Another way we like to raise money at Moxi Works is to race! And by race, we mean to an exciting destination like
Disney World or Washington D.C…basically the further it is, the better. We did two Moxi Races this year to encourage good health and raise money for the Moxi Fund. For each race, competitors contribute $25 to the Moxi Fund and logs their steps.
Race 1 stats: We had a grand total of 19,401,064.32 steps across all 5 teams that participated (9186.11 miles)
Race 2 stats: This race is currently still on. We are sitting at 14,229,135.36 steps across all 7 teams taking part this time around (6737.28 miles)
These races really are a win-win. We get to raise money for our beloved Moxi Fund, while at the same time doing something to better our health!
In 2017, we also did four pub trivia sessions. Because who doesn’t love trivia? Everyone who participates donates $5 to the Moxi Fund as entry to the competition. Every little bit helps!
Moxi Works’ employees also donated 911 pounds of food to Northwest Harvest in 2017 – our biggest food donation yet!
Stay tuned for what the Moxi Fund is able to accomplish in 2018!
Helping Others on Community Service Day
The crew here at Moxi Works recently spent the day volunteering at Ryther’s Seattle campus. Ryther is a leader in psychiatric and behavioral health services for children and their families facing complex challenges. The work they do is incredibly impactful; helping kids and our broader community.
In typical Moxi style, we broke up into groups and took on several projects at once. We washed and cleaned five of their vans for their Aspiring Youth program this summer. We built a new tool shed for storing their gardening tools. We cleaned weeds out of numerous flower beds and spread a dump truck load of garden mulch.
We covered a patio with new stone pavers. And we built two new sandboxes and filled them with new sand. Whew! It was a lot of work, but all for a great cause.
And a special thanks to the employees at Ryther who had everything organized and ready for the day. You work at a very special place. Keep up the great work! We really enjoyed the day.
You can see more work photos on Ryther’s Facebook page.