Their company atmosphere is about as fun (if not MORE fun) as its name. Akoo is the United State’s largest Nielsen-measured out-of-home television network placed in locations like university campuses and shopping malls (Akoo.com). The media company, located in Rosemont, IL, provides its Generation Y digital natives with their patented technology, allowing every project to be fresh, fun and creative.
Chief People Officer (how great is that title?) Kevin Crow says, “From a perspective of flexibility, Akoo’s work environment helps employees manage their work-life balance. Employees feel a sense of accountability and want to do whatever it takes to get the job done.”
Creative ideas are born in creative spaces at Akoo. Their office is “cubical wall free” which provides a functional and open workspace for teams to collaborate. Employees are stationed so that they’re working in the same vicinity as fellow teammates. Crow attributes Akoo’s open cube arrangement and open meeting space to their success and Gen Y satisfaction with the company.
Crow says, “Our Generation Y employees build our work culture. We’re lucky that we have a sense of family and belonging to something bigger than yourself.”
Apart from the traditional competitive benefits package, onsite entertainment room and free grub, Akoo offers its employees additional perks to keep them happy and constantly developing. The company maintains it’s innovative and fun feel because it invests in its employees. Akoo offers EAP payment for conferences and workshops, as well as other professional development opportunities.
“We talk with our employees about their individual goals and then try to find relevant conferences or seminars for them in that coming year to help them achieve their goals. Employees are also encouraged to be proactive with their professional development and come to us with ideas that will help benefit them and the company,” explains Crow.
Akoo’s young professionals are encouraged to develop professionally AND socially in the workplace. To keep the family bond strong, Akoo has implemented “Beer Cart Friday,” a yearlong tradition that has gained major traction. Every Friday at 3 p.m., all staff members gather in the “Living Room” (a.k.a. their conference room) to reconnect with fellow staffers. It gives employees a breather from their work and allows them to connect on a personal level with coworkers. Additional company-sponsored social events include holiday parties, mid-company meetings and other miscellaneous shindigs throughout the year.
It doesn’t take much convincing to understand why Akoo is such a Gen Y-friendly employer. From a hip and fun work environment to weekly social gatherings steps away from office desks, Akoo strives to make its Generation Y employees feel like a part of something bigger than them.