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Top Ways to Recognize Your Employees

From verbal recognition and opportunities for promotion, to financial compensation or flexible working hours, there are many ways to acknowledge your employees’ contributions and achievements. While some of these forms of recognition may not be appropriate for every organization, employee recognition events can be a great way to bring a company together, show appreciation for employees, and create a positive work environment.

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Corporate Incentive Events: Sports

A prospective client recently asked me, “What was your most favorite event to plan?” Hmmmmm? It’s easy for me to talk about the aspects of event planning that are most rewarding for me personally—or the types of events and services our agency excels at—but my most favorite event to plan? I was stumped. I began…

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Maui nō ka ʻoi (Maui is the best)

It was more than fifteen years ago that I planned my first incentive program to Maui.  I had no expectations of falling in love with the island. I was headed there for work, not for vacation. However, I remember the first morning, waking up before sunrise and taking a walk along the Pacific Ocean.  It…

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Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham Talks Teamwork, Culture & Community Service

Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham recently sat down with Sandy Lish to talk about his most defining moment with the organization, the importance of teamwork on and off the court and how great it is to be a part of “Celtic Pride.” He also shared a few things most fans may not know about the…

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5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Planning a Charitable Student Event

During my time as an events intern for The Castle Group, I was fortunate to be able to learn from some of the best event professionals in the business. I am now able to apply what I have learned to other aspects of my life. I, along with the other captains of the Bentley Women’s Soccer team, Jenny Lewis, Ana Tantum and Haley Story, have been tasked with planning our team’s annual cancer awareness game. In the past we have kept it simple and sold T-Shirts, donating the profits to the charity of our choice. This year, to amplify our event, we decided to set our goals a little higher and partner with a wonderful charity called Family Reach. With the help of Family Reach and the experts at Castle, we have developed a truly exciting event. I have learned many lessons along the way and have decided to share five tips to planning a non-profit university event.

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The Work Wellness Benefits of Massage

During our Castle Spirit Week Wellness Day, we had the opportunity to sign up for a 10-minute chair massage from Melrose Massage. The benefits of massage therapy in the work environment are nothing new. Beginning in the 90’s, research revealed that incorporating massage therapy as a company benefit could reduce employee stress levels, and in turn decrease stress-related illnesses, minimize fatigue, and increase the productivity and alertness of employees—especially those who sit at a desk all day. Beyond the physical benefits, massage can boost employee morale and satisfaction in the workplace. At Castle we are lucky to have business owners who understand the ROI of just 10 minutes of each employee’s time. Not only did Spirit Week accomplish the task of celebrating 20 years as a company, small moments like the massage made us feel valued, and was a great reminder that success cannot happen without healthy and happy team members.

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Castle Spirit Week

To commemorate Castle’s 20th anniversary on August 1, 2016, the Castle Culture Team created Spirit Week: a program blending fun, learning and bonding to recognize and reward the people who make our agency great every day—our team. Spirit Week focused on our agency’s latest corporate initiatives around wellness, team spirit, community service and celebration! Thinking…

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Pitch a Tent for Your Next Event

Summer is here and the season for outdoor events is upon us. This means that tents may become part of the event plan – either as a weather contingency (for rain or sun cover), to create a more defined and/or comfortable outdoor environment or when indoor space is limited. But more than just a place to gather and feed guests, a tent and its various components can become an important part of the event design.

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Letter to a Future Intern

If you’re looking for some spectacular insight into how events come together in an orderly fashion— despite the last minute changes and unexpected obstacles that come with the territory—you’ve come to the right place—Castle!

When I first interviewed at Castle for an internship, I was unsure if event management was the right fit for me. My doubts were alleviated on day one. After meeting with the team, I knew I wanted to become an event planner—and that I found the right place to hone my skills and learn more about the events industry. I hope that you, too, will gain the same inspiration and skills from your upcoming adventure!

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RIP Big Blue | 2008-2016

Goodbye Big Blue and thank you for your years of dedicated service!

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