Milwaukee-based digital marketing agency Granular prides itself on providing an atmosphere in which employees want to come into the office. The company holds regular ping-pong tournaments and baking championships, has a fully-stocked beer fridge and snack station, and allows for early-out Fridays.
Of course, a pandemic that forces everyone to work from home puts a damper on all of the fun and Granular says it was the first agency in the area to go to 100% remote work with no plans to return anytime soon.
Granular has continued to engage employees with weekly virtual stand-up meetings and happy hours, dropping off gifts, including favorite snacks, a 4-foot-tall work anniversary balloon, birthday treats, or even pepper-growing kits for a group activity.
The company also understood the COVID-19 pandemic would hit local businesses and decided to incorporate them into employee gifts, including a giant Milwaukee Pretzel Co. pretzel, kits from Edible Impressions for cookie decorating contests and breakfast kits from Braise. Employees also received local coffee beans and gift cards to local restaurants.