They’ve taken time out to perform service for an aquarium, a day camp for disabled youth, and United Way. Now AtTask is heading to the great outdoors. From April 28 to May 2, AtTask employees will have the opportunity to take a one-day break from their normal duties to help prepare the Timpanogos Cave National Monument in American Fork, Utah, for its season opening.
For AtTask, this semi-annual act of service goes back to 2012, when a single employee approached management with the idea of sponsoring a few employees to do service in Central America. But Eric Morgan, CEO of AtTask, had a better idea.
“He came back to us and said, ‘Why don’t we offer service opportunities to all of our employees?’” remembers Anna Ratanawan, human resources manager.
With Morgan’s support, they set up their first company service project with Globus Relief, a medical resource humanitarian organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“The feedback and turnout that we got from the employees were overwhelming,” says Ratanawan. “We put a committee together and decided to continue to participate in these service projects.”
Now, nearly two years later, the AtTask team has given of company time to volunteer with numerous organizations around the Northern Utah area, and these activities are viewed by team members as a perk of working at the growing SaaS company.
The service projects, Ratanawan says, have also become an unexpected recruiting tool. “As we’re recruiting, a lot of the people that we recruit find out that we do service projects, and they want to be a part of it,” she says. “It’s also been a great culture builder. Employees love that we give back to the community, and one of our big goals has been to be involved in the community. People who see us might not know what we do as a company, but they want to be a part of it.”
Coming up in May, the next service project for the AtTask team aims to get the local Timpanogos Cave National Monument, which occupies 250 acres of land, cleared of winter debris and ready to open its season on May 5.
“Our service committee reached out to them, and they literally had no one who wanted to volunteer to help them,” says Ratanawan. “So they were ecstatic.”
Perhaps more ambitious than any service project AtTask has taken on previously, this will require the help of employees over an entire week. During that time, some groups will clean and touch up parking lots, the visitor center, and rangers buildings, while others will clear the trail of rocks and debris and fix the lighting in the cave itself. Employees are allowed to choose for themselves if they will participate and where they help, but Ratanawan estimates that between 200 and 250 employees will show up, putting in more than 1,600 man hours in service.
“The rangers have told us that the amount of work that we will do in a few days would’ve taken them two months to complete with their staff,” Ratanawan says. “In the past, sometimes things haven’t been done in time for their season opening, but they’ve just worked around it. So we’ll be able to help them start this season with everything taken care of.”
After this service project concludes, the AtTask service committee is already planning another project with Habitat for Humanity in the fall.