Q&D has one of the best cultures around. Employee satisfaction runs high and the average years of service runs into the double digits which is unusual for construction and in today’s job market. How do we keep our employees working together and encourage them each to enjoy the day’s work? We put a team on it.
Q&D Culture Committee
Our Culture Committee heads up multiple, team-oriented activities and events to bring Q&D people together. Events include movie night, a weight-loss challenge, team dress-up days and participation in Moms on the Run to benefit local cancer survivors.
I-Dig Q&D – An Employee Family Celebration
The main event is a HUGE party in June called I-Dig Q&D. Its full of fun for Q&D families like a bounce house, face painting and water toys. But the real fun is kids get to drive the big equipment (under supervision of course!) Each year seven to ten pieces of equipment are set out with volunteers to help kids try out being an operator. Over 300 employees and family members attend I-Dig each year and the Culture Committee makes it happen! It’s so big, we made a special page dedicated to the event. Click here to see I-Dig Q&D!
The committee sets up family movie events to extend free attendance to employees for a new release, family-oriented movie like Arctic Dogs and Smallfoot. Over 125 Q&Ders and family members attended the last event, with a special welcome from the Culture Committee!
Moms on the Run
Every year, the Culture Committee organizes a team of runners for Moms on the Run, a northern Nevada charitable organization that supports people undergoing cancer treatment, families affected by cancer, and cancer survivors. Runners arrive early to take a photo and then run or walk the route in pink Q&D T-shirts. Q&D also sponsors the event and pays the entry fee for the team.
Dress Up Days
You have to be silly at work from time to time – loosen up and get out of your shell! Inspired by our colleagues in the industry, the culture committee set up themed, dress-up days. But it’s always Plaid Shirt Day at Q&D.
Weight Loss Challenge
We feel you don’t need to be fit to get fit – just jump in and get started today. As part of the wellness initiative, the Culture Committee organizes weight loss challenges during the year. The contest is to help employees jump start their own wellness goals by offering accountability and incentives. Weight loss is measured weekly and the challenges last from four to nine weeks at a time. Prizes are gift cards from our favorite client/store.
Aces Game Night
Q&D’s Night at the Reno Aces included 100 tickets for Q&Ders and their family members to attend the Aces v. Sacramento River Cats. The Reno Aces are northern Nevada’s minor league team, affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks. They play in an open-air, downtown stadium and the team promotes family and community.
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation Trails Challenge
Also part of the wellness initiative, the Culture Committee sponsored employees and their families who joined the Trails Challenge, which encourages people with a goal-oriented exploration of the 51 trails located in the Truckee Meadows region. This activity is self-paced and families can meet up with other Q&Ders or just go on their own!
Jobsite Pizza Day
Every few months, the Culture Committee sneaks up on a jobsite with a pizza party for all hands. A fun treat for the team and a meal together always creates unity and let’s us all get to know one another even better!
Food Truck Fun
Sometimes its nice to be able to walk out the door and find a restaurant waiting! Especially on a hot day like the one when Tahoe Creamery’s truck came by to give out ice cream to employees at the main office. We have also had visits from lunch trucks like Sublime’s sandwich rig serving Dirty Birds and Bogarts. Our request for a Mr. Margarita Truck visit is still pending.
Employee Giving Fund
Employees donate time and food to five lunches per year, and raise money through lunchtime donations to give money to two charities at the end of the year. When it is warm enough we BBQ outdoors and dine in the shop. In cooler months we hold a potluck indoors in our training room. One year, we had 14 entries in a highly competitive chili cook-off. In December of each year, we invite representatives from the charitable organizations to attend the last lunch and we present them with a check. Last year we raised $4,000 for community organizations in Reno and Lake Tahoe.