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Celebrating Summer Camp — SignUpGenius Style! 

Posted by: Kayla Rutledge on 07/20/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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summer camp, SignUpGenius, ideas, tipsIf you ever went to summer camp as a kid (or just watched the Parent Trap) you probably have great memories of sunny days spent kayaking, roasting marshmallows and completing arts and crafts. We might be past our own summer camp days at SignUpGenius, but as we’ve watched our kids go off and have fun at camps, it made us a little sentimental.  

So this summer, we daydreamed up our very own Office Summer Camp schedule. You know, just in case you want to try it out in your own workplace. And if you're sending your kids away for the week, check out our Summer Camp Packing Checklist

9 a.m. — Welcome: Campers arrive and unpack lunches into fridge. 

9:15 a.m. — Coffee Making: A vital skill in any American workplace, our employees have tried their hands at making the best cup of java. While some swear by the Keurig, others have been busy slow-roasting their own beans.  

10:30 a.m. — Meeting Participation: Through rigorous training, our employees can sit and take notes through almost any meeting we throw their way.

12 p.m. – Lunch: Campers sit down in the mess hall for some grub. Thankfully, the online office sign up makes sure we get tasty snacks every day.

12:15 p.m. – Naptime: It’s important to get some midday rest in when you’re as active as our campers are. Our genius employees catch some Z’s to get ready for camp’s afternoon activities. 

12:30 — Typing Races: Created to help us respond to support tickets faster, our relay typing races get pretty intense around here. A few campers have had to sit out for a few days due to carpal tunnel syndrome, but their teams are ready to fill in the gaps and win the coveted prize — the best cubicle in the office. 

1:30 p.m. — Cubicle Organizing & Inspection: With inspections every day, our office stays neat! Ever since strict minimalist and organization guru, CEO Dan Rutledge, became our inspector, we’ve learned the ancient art of shredding old paper sign ups and switching to online! 

3 p.m. — Email Writing: It’s important that our camper’s families and customers hear that they’re doing OK at office camp. We like to take a little portion of each day to let everyone know what a great time we’re having as we help people organize their lives! 

4 p.m. — Office Ceramics: We go through a lot of mugs drinking all the coffee we make during arts and crafts time. Crafting SUG mugs is just another part of the day that our campers enjoy! 

4:45 p.m. — Pack Up: Campers pack up and say their goodbyes. 

5 p.m. — Goodbyes: Campers head home. 

There you have it! If you’re reminiscing about your summer camp days during these hot months, why not try some Office Summer Camp?      


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SignUpGenius Helps University of Cincinnati Be Well

Posted by: Kayla Rutledge on 07/18/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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UC, University of Cincinnati, Be Well, health program, corporate cultureIf you see University of Cincinnati employees doing wall sits, taking stretch breaks or getting away from their desks for a midday walk, it’s all part of the school’s plan. 

Thousands of University of Cincinnati staff and faculty members have signed on to the campus’ Be Well program since it debuted about a year ago. Be Well promotes a healthful lifestyle through lunch and learns, health screenings and other incentives. 

“We focus on all dimensions with our five ‘wells’: Eat Well, Live Well, Move Well, Save Well, Feel Well,” says Ashley Varol, wellness coordinator for the initiative.  

Less than a year after launching, the program reached its initial participation goal of 30 percent. “Our feedback has been incredibly positive and welcoming, with many people already citing the program for major health and lifestyle changes,” Varol says. 

Coordinating so many people can be challenging, so Be Well turned to SignUpGenius to simplify the process. Varol scheduled volunteers to provide free health screenings and helped craft focus groups of faculty and staff to test ideas for the program.  

She also booked free appointments for faculty and staff with a health coach. “This platform has kept things organized and out of my email box — sending and finding emails for people can take too long, and this gives me master lists to work from and keeps records that I can refer back to.” 

We’re excited to see how the University of Cincinnati is improving health on campus. That’s genius! 


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Genius Summer Jobs: Where We Got our Starts 

Posted by: Kayla Rutledge on 07/15/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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summer jobs, SignUpGenius, work, careersDo you remember your first summer job? Whether you fried up food in a restaurant or changed diapers as a babysitter, those (often smelly) minimum wage monstrosities surely taught you the value of hard work — and provided some pretty good stories in the meantime. 

Here are the funny, silly, and most importantly, true, stories of our first summer jobs! After all, even genius organizers have to get their start somewhere. 

The (Not-so) Glamorous … 

  • “My first job was being part of a yard maintenance crew for a factory. We were not allowed to use power equipment, so I spent most of my summer clipping grass around flowerbeds with hand clippers. Picking cigarette butts out of rock beds in the parking lot and painting chain-link fences were my other duties.”
    —Angel Rutledge, Genius COO, CMO
  • “My first summer job was working at McDonalds. The most memorable day on the job was when McDonald’s celebrated their anniversary by offering 10-cent hamburgers. It was a Sunday shift and there was no limit to the number of burgers customers could order. It was the craziest day of work I have ever experienced; I am sure I will never see that many hamburgers ever again in my lifetime! “
    — Teresa Clark, Genius Senior Support Analyst
  • “I worked at Dairy Queen. I especially loved making the dipped cones and perfecting the perfect signature DQ swirl on top of the ice cream. Thankfully I had better metabolism at that age, as I must have eaten a peanut butter parfait once a day for the entire summer.”
    — Kate White, Genius Marketing Strategist

The Funny … 

  • “My first “summer” job was at Robby’s Sporting Goods. On Christmas Eve I could sell anything to anybody. I sold many size XL workout outfits to men whose wives were size small (sold out by then) just so they’d have something under the tree.  Wonder how that turned out on Christmas morning?”
    — Amy Tidwell, Genius Senior Support Analyst
  •  “My first summer job was as a plumber's helper. Being young and new, one of the days during my first week, the plumber I was helping told me that since we didn't want to waste money I needed to go get the 'pipe stretcher' from one of the other plumbers. In hindsight, that's pretty ridiculous; but as a young kid trying to impress people at a new job, I proceeded to travel up and down five stories of a half built hotel for a good 30 minutes, asking all the crew members, before realizing that I was being messed with.”
    — James Bulas, Genius Developer and Testing Analyst
  •  “My first summer job was at Chick-fil-a when I was 15. It was my first official job and I was terrified and excited! I had a blue N’SYNC watch that played their popular songs with the press of a button and it would go off all the time and make the customers and my coworkers laugh endlessly because I would jam out to the music.”
    — Katie Bobo, Genius Operations Assistant

 Whether they started off flipping hamburgers, twirling ice cream cones or somewhere in between, we sure are grateful this group of geniuses ended up here at SignUpGenius! Plus, now we know who to go to when the kitchen sink acts up.  


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Heat Up Business Productivity with SignUpGenius this Summer

Posted by: Kayla Rutledge on 07/01/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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Summer slowdown? You don’t want business efficiency and innovation to drag during these months as employees dream of ways to beat the heat and head off on vacations. SignUpGenius can help put some pep in your office’s step with these ideas. 

 Need even more resources? See how SignUpGenius Pro can give your company an extra burst of productivity. 

  • Calendar Sync lets you create a subscribable calendar, making shift scheduling simple for all your employees — and saving you time!
  • Custom Questions allows you to gather extra information on your sign ups. Now your company softball team can ask for T-shirt size and what take suggestions for the team name in one simple place.
  • Lock Sign Ups by date helps you close sign ups whenever you need. That means no last-minute sign ups for the company conference if you want. (No last-minute headaches for you.)
  • Sign Up Tabbing lets you link multiple sign ups. So you can create a sign up for the conference room for multiple months of the year or link together related events.

 With SignUpGenius to help you simplify, your business is sure to avoid the summer slowdown!


Posted by Dorothy Nichols on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 2:11 PM EDT
I need help. I only want 1 hour increments from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm. On one of the pages, they automatically put in the half hour time as well. I go and delete all those, and then they still want me to finish putting in my times, and then they say I have too many slots. How can I do this, with 1 hour slots from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm. Is there anyone who can help me?
Posted by Amy Tidwell on Friday, July 15, 2016 1:41 PM EDT
Can you please contact our support team via the Help tab at the top of the page? This way we can take a look directly at your sign up and give you accurate and easy directions on how to achieve what you need. We'll be happy to walk you through that for your specific sign up. Thanks so much!
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NEW WEBISODE: Has This Stressed-Out Mom Reformed?

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 06/22/2016 12:00 AM EDT

Ever wonder what happened to Megan Miller, our favorite frazzled mom who has a knack for causing trouble when she’s trying to organize events?

Check out our latest webisode: a tell-all interview on Dr. Lisa’s talk show with Megan and her husband Paul. You’ll hear how Megan’s Extreme Organizer Stress — or EOS — caused some trouble with other moms and eventually landed her in jail. 


Cut her some slack. Without SignUpGenius, reply-all emails and paper sign ups can be a real nightmare! Watch our first two webisodes to see how Megan landed in hot water to start.  

Webisode 1: Stressed Out Mom Jailed for Not Using SignUpGenius!
Webisode 2: Soccer Mom Jailed Again for Snack Sign Up Snafus.



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Summer Survival Guide: Dive in!

Posted by: Erin Dunn on 06/17/2016 12:00 AM EDT
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summer, activities, ideas, kids, survival guide, children, summer breakSchools are letting out, and visions of nights roasting S’mores and days by the pool are probably swimming in your head. The vibe may be more casual, but there are lots of memories to be made. Try some of our favorite ideas to make this a memorable summer. And don’t forget the sunscreen!  

No matter the season of your life, summer is a great time to relax and break from the routine. So pull up a lawn chair and get to it!


Posted by Tamra VandenBerg on Monday, June 20, 2016 2:56 PM EDT
Does anyone know how to change the reminder to people who are signed up?
Posted by Betsy Lytle on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 10:52 AM EDT
Hi Tamra,
If you want to change the default reminder setting, go to: *Step 5: Settings* to view the reminder email setting under the *Miscellaneous Preferences*. If you make any changes to this area, remember to click the *Update* button at the bottom of the screen to save the changes.

Currently we do not offer customized reminders. For now, you have the ability to send out an email manually to your group at any time.

First, login to your account and click on your sign up. You will see a button at the top called *Send Email* from the Administrator's Toolbar. If you click this button, you will be able to choose to send an email to your entire group, those that have signed up, or those that have not signed up. You can compose your email in the box provided and click *Send Email* at the bottom of the page.
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