Members of The Bloc Reminisce About 2021 & Look Ahead to 2022

By Allison Babberl on December 31, 2021 in Life at AgencyBloc

Members of The Bloc Reminisce About 2021 & Look Ahead to 2022

Looking Back at 2021 & Preparing for 2022

Every year, we survey AgencyBloc team members to ask them about the previous year: what were their favorite moments, what did they learn, and what growth did they experience? We also ask what they’re looking forward to in the coming year. Read on to see what the team said!

What’s your word for 2022?

Steve
Steve Ogden
Sales Manager

Excited.

Anne
Anne Lind
Client Success Manager

Grateful.

Kelsey
Kelsey Rosauer
Brand Manager

Focus. I tend to want to do all the things all at once, and everyone knows that's not feasible, nor does it produce the best results. At my job and in my personal life, I am going to work on being more focused in this ever-distracting world.

Patty
Patty Fazio
Quality Assurance Analyst

Positivity.

Greg
Greg Engelkes
Developer

Flexible.


What was the funniest moment to happen on a virtual call in 2021?

Jeff
Jeff Thibadeau
VP of Sales

While on a video call with a coworker, my 4-year-old blurted out, "I have to poop!" Then, 5 minutes later, "I'm all done!"

Taylor
Taylor Behrens
Revenue Operations Technology Specialist

During a training call, the gal running the meeting had a background on her video that showed an office. We all thought she was actually in the office until we noticed a shirtless man crawling across the floor. He ended up sitting in the background for a while while we all tried to maintain our composure. Luckily, he left shortly after.

Chris
Chris John
Technical Lead

My daughter decided to enter my office during a meeting in her Elsa dress (from the movie Frozen). I didn't even notice until I saw her face on my screen. Most of the meeting participants were trying to hold it in while she walked behind me, got something off our printer, and walked back out. Too cute!

Mike
Mike Chambers
Quality Assurance Analyst

A team member showed up to a virtual meeting dressed like the Hulk with a fully painted green face.

Brittany
Brittany Liggins
Client Success Manager

My sweet, sweet 7-year-old was home sick. He threw up all over himself and didn't want to interrupt my call, so he just sat patiently waiting for me to be finished before letting me know.

Erica
Erica Kiefer
Chief Growth Officer

Our CTO, Cory Schmidt, changed his virtual background image to our CEO, Adam Lewis’ home office. It was hilarious.


What did you start doing in 2021 that you want to carry through to 2022?

Stephanie
Stephanie Bader
Support Specialist

Finding balance.

Cory
Tayler Hassman
Product Manager

As well as working from home went, I started going back into the office, and I find I enjoy getting to leave my house every day, so I'll probably keep that going. As a part of that, I started riding my bike to work, which is a nice way to spend some time outside. As soon as it's not snowing or below 40 degrees, I'll start that up again.

Dave
Dave Thompson
Developer

Simplifying. I've been pretty aggressively paring down the variety of hobbies, projects, loose ends, and activities I undertake that require brain space, physical space, and time. It is kind of like a big reset that has allowed me to get back some spare time and regain some flexibility.

Pete
Pete Bernardy
Product Manager

Standing while at work rather than sitting.

Bev
Bev Gillis
Engagement Specialist

Asking questions, listening to understand the need, and then, if we can help them, showing prospects how and why AgencyBloc is the best choice for them and their business needs.

Hannah
Hannah Crisman
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst

Cleaning my desk and desktop off once a week. It's nice to have a fresh start on Monday!

Tori
Tori Heerts
Data Specialist

Paying a mortgage.


What is your #1 personal or professional goal you want to accomplish in 2022?

Neal
Neal Price
Operations Manager

I am a terrible goal-setter, so to better establish goals is a great goal.

Ashley
Ashley Stoppel
Client Marketing Specialist

In 2022, I want to be more organized in all areas of my life (more solid routines + processes and sticking to them) to simplify and be more efficient.

Sarah
Sarah Rosonke
Design & Content Specialist

I'd like to learn one new thing creatively each week. Whether it's a new shortcut, a new way of doing something, or a new trend, I think it's important to consistently be learning, grow, and be better and more efficient at what I do.

Jessica
Jessica Friesth
Prospect Marketing Specialist

Hone in on my strengths and use them in my new role on the marketing team.

Carrie
Carrie Baldwin
Support Specialist

Move more!

Allison
Allison Babberl
Product Marketing Specialist

Give myself more grace and work on saying “no.”


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Allison Babberl

Allison is the Marketing Content Specialist at AgencyBloc. She creates educational content and designs videos to promote AgencyBloc's resources to help you organize, automate, and grow your insurance agency. Favorite quote: “Conversation is the bedrock of relationships. Without it, our relationships are devoid of substance.” -Maribeth Kuzmeski  More articles