Dress for Success Oregon’s programs help many local women gain economic independence, and it’s an organization close to our hearts at Ruby. When we heard they were looking to help make their services more accessible to those outside the Portland metro area, we knew we wanted to help! In January, we were happy to host a group of six clients at our Beaverton location for DFS’s “Fast Track” series, featuring intensive job search workshops.
Virtual receptionist Sara-Lee is quickly approaching her sixth year at Ruby, and recently returned to us from a whirlwind sabbatical in Paris! With Ruby’s “Five at Five” sabbatical program, for every five years of employment, team members receive five weeks of paid time off, plus coaching sessions and a $1,000 grant to turn their dreams into a reality. We know that when our employees are happy and growing personally and professionally, they’re more likely to go above and beyond for callers and clients — it’s a win-win! Sara-Lee sat down with us to chat about what her Parisian sabbatical meant to her….
Happy New Year’s Eve! We’re excited for what the new year will bring, so we asked our team what they’d like to accomplish in 2014. Here are some of their fantastic resolutions:
Wishing you all the best this holiday season!
Just a friendly reminder, Ruby will be closing early at 3:00pm Pacific (6:00pm Eastern) today and will remain closed all day tomorrow, December 25th, so that our virtual receptionists can enjoy some eggnog and spend time with their families for the Christmas holiday. During this time, calls will be answered according to your after-hours instructions.
Each year around the holidays, Ruby’s virtual receptionists and staff gather at the Oregon Food Bank to package food for those in need. This year, we expanded our tradition: Since we added a second office in nearby Beaverton, Oregon, we decided to volunteer in each city and support both our local communities!
This morning, several Rubys and I were honored to attend Dress for Success Oregon’s first ever Empowerment Breakfast! We heard from several inspirational speakers, including the First Lady of Oregon, Cylvia Hayes, and altogether, the event raised over $40,000 for expanding their career center and job retention resources!
We’re incredibly honored and greatly humbled to win the #3 Best Small Company in the U.S. award this year! This is our second consecutive year in the top three on this prestigious FORTUNE Magazine and the Great Place to Work Institute list, assembled using employee surveys and a substantial culture and benefit audit. Huge thanks to our employees in particular for making Ruby such a special place to come to work!
Not-So-Casual Fridays, epic parties, WOW gifts…I could go on and on about all the extraordinary things Ruby does. But it’s really who we are that make us a top company to work for. We’re an enthusiastic bunch — bright, innovative, and endlessly happy to help — and our shared passion for real, meaningful connections is what gets us up at 5am every day, ready to greet the world and each other with a smile!
The Ruby office is business in the front, party in the back! Our lobby features contemporary conference rooms accented with modern furniture. Further in, things get a little more casual, but what this part of the office lacks in modern décor, it makes up for with big sunglass-wearing dinosaurs and life-size Han Solo cutouts. Ruby employees are encouraged to make the space our own. You can see it manifest everywhere you look, and the result is a fun, creative, and lively workplace. At our third quarter staff meeting, we learned that Ruby was about to take it one step further. To boisterous applause, Jill Nelson, Ruby’s President and CEO, announced our latest innovation – chalkboard walls!