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Go team! How SMG drives employee engagement through team-building

Kim Klosak | Jul 1, 2019 Kim Klosak 07/01/19

At SMG, we believe in strength in numbers—which is why team-building is such an important part of our company culture. It’s also why the word “people” was mentioned most in our recent Great Place to Work survey, with 95% of SMG employees saying “People care about each other here.” Whether it’s developing an innovative new product, delivering actionable insights to clients, or publishing an intuitive case study, our tasks are not isolated to one person, but rather achieved through collaboration with many.

And this collaborative spirit isn’t isolated to the office building walls. Many SMG teams have implemented fun and unique ways to enjoy time with each other and build team comradery outside the office. Some of those outings include:

  • Escape rooms
  • Progressive dinners
  • Seasonal events, like pumpkin carving + holiday parties
  • Book clubs
  • Sporting events

Team Sampson of Client Insights takes on an escape room at Breakout KC

Our marketing team has a monthly standing happy hour with a unique twist—one team member takes a turn in the “hot seat” while another asks them unique questions. Finding out things like “If you could have any magical power, what would it be?” and “What is the best compliment you've ever received?” is a fun way to get to know each other better and hone interview skills in the process.

We also take the time to promote team-building across departments, including:

SMG employees soak up the sun + have some fun together during summer lunches

Throughout the summer, employees are treated to a monthly company lunch on the rooftop of our KC headquarters. Each floor is responsible for hosting one lunch, which is a nice way for colleagues to work together to plan the meal and execute the event. And most lunches include an activity that promotes cross-department interaction and is a fun and relaxing way for employees to connect. Enjoying a burger, a view of the Crossroads District, and good conversation isn’t a bad way to spend a Friday.

After spending almost three decades measuring, researching, and reporting on the employee experience, we know a thing or two about what matters to employees. They want a job with purpose, one that is rewarding and is an opportunity to use their talent. They want recognition when they perform well. And they want positive interactions with their manager and coworkers—to feel like they’re part of a team.

If you’re interested in being a part of our team, check out these opportunities


Kim Klosak | VP, Human Resources