Posts Tagged ‘team’

May Day! May Day!

April 30th, 2020 | By Claudia Moreno

May Day…It’s actually a holiday – one of several celebrated each May 1st, depending on where you (and your head) are at in the world. Many of us hear the term “May Day” and think: distress call! It is, of course, that too. “Mayday”, the distress call, comes from the French term m’aidez, which translates to “help me” but has nothing to do with the holidays.

The Welcoming of Summer!

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway. (In May, the Southern Hemisphere is getting ready for winter, so May Day as a seasonal celebration is, for the most part, a Northern Hemisphere thing.) May Day was originally an ancient pagan holiday celebrating the start of summer. In Gaelic traditions, it is known as Beltaine (or the Anglicized “Beltane”). Through the centuries, this celebration was adopted by different cultures and rituals modified to fit the beliefs within those cultures. Europeans and Americans most often celebrate in a secular manner, with traditions such as maypole dancing and wearing flower crowns.

International Workers’ Day

On the less-flowery, more serious side of things, May 1st has been celebrated as International Workers’ Day since the 1880s. (Think of it as sort of a world-wide Labor Day.) At the time, labor movements around the world were fighting for fair work accommodations such as eight-hour workdays and unionization. The date May 1st was chosen because it aligned with the anniversary of the Haymarket Affair in Chicago, where police killed four people at a peaceful protest after someone threw a bomb into the crowd. The Haymarket Affair had a huge impact on labor movements across the world.


Join Us?

Moxie Girl celebrates those who have fought – and continue to fight – for labor rights around the world. And we will wear flower crowns whenever we darn well please, because we’re Moxie like that. Looking to join a supportive, hard-working team that LOVES to have fun on a flexible schedule? Just click to APPLY!

If you’re a Phoenix-area vacation rental homeowner, find out how much easier your life can be with the Moxie Girl team working for you! Click for a FREE CONSULTATION!

Match Made In Heaven-Part II

February 12th, 2019 | By Claudia Moreno

It’s still February and love is STILL in the air (it’s smelling more like roses and chocolate now though.) In our blog “Match Made in Heaven – Part I” we let you in on our “Pro-Mance”…that is our professional romance with our clients. Moxie Girl knows that relationship wouldn’t be possible without our OTHER match made in heaven – the whole Moxie Girl team!

Our Mutual Loves

Moxie Girl likes to think of itself as a family. I know lots of companies say that (and some even mean it!) We do, too, but we’d like to think we have a cooler version…where you actually WANT to spend time with EVERYONE. And everything is pink.

Our tribe is diverse, but Moxies tend to share some common qualities. First, we tend to be “get shizz done” kind of people – and that means we love being part of a GSD team. And while we love being part of a team, we also tend to “like our space.” There’s a lot going on in these pretty heads of ours, and cleaning “solo” can be very meditative! We also share core values and work ethics with a focus on continuous improvement, not only to ourselves but to our team.

Why Our Moxies Love Us

The nature of our business – caring for vacation rental homes – allows for flexible job scheduling. And this flexibility can accommodate a wide range of real-life situations such as school, other jobs and family obligations.

Whether you’re new to professional cleaning or have cleaned before, Moxie Girl offers paid training in our current best practices and provides you with all the tools and supplies you’ll need – plus some soft and snazzy Moxie Girl tees to wear on the job!

As a rapidly growing company, Moxie Girl can be full of opportunities for you to learn new skills – and develop existing ones! Moxies come from all types of backgrounds, so we are always anxious to hear about any special talents you may have and how we might help to grow them!

Above all, Moxie Girl prides itself on creating and maintaining a supportive environment for our family. We want our Moxies team as a whole to be successful and we realize we need successful individuals to accomplish that.

The Key(s) to Our Heart

What makes us fall in love with our next Moxie, you ask? A prerequisite of course is that you share our common qualities listed above. We’re just picky that way.

Beyond that, we LOVE a great sense of humor! And can you stay positive (and keep that sense of humor) in the face of last-minute or unexpected events? We LOVE that, too.

Moxie Girl also has “a thing” for great communicators – not only in necessary on-the-job reporting, but also in sharing your ideas about how you feel we can do a better job and be an even better team!

Your Idea of a Match Made in Heaven?

Moxie Girl is always open to growing our family! If we sound like a match made in heaven for you, CLICK HERE to apply! – we’d LOVE to hear from you!


Moxie Girl – It’s a Team (Meeting) Thing!

January 20th, 2019 | By Claudia Moreno

Moxie Girl, your vacation rental homes specialist strives to provide the best service available when caring for your homes. Part of providing the best service is having the best team! Moxie Girl values our team members as family and we want our Moxies to feel that way, too.

We thought it might be fun to give you a peek into our monthly Sunday morning team meetings so you can see how it’s done!


If you’ve been in the workforce for more than a week, you’ve probably suffered through at least one seemingly endless staff meeting. You know the one… You and your peers are summoned to a cold conference room and talked AT by the boss about blah blah blah… All the while thinking, hey, this would’ve made an excellent email!

Many employers miss the boat when it comes to effective interaction with their employees by using staff meetings merely as a platform to spew information, rather than getting to know their team members and the really great ideas about business they might have. These ideas may often include very useful feedback on current processes – everyone needs that! Often there is an unspoken ‘no socializing’ rule at these meetings, too, reminding you that you are definitely not there for fun.

Our Marvelous Moxie Meetings

Moxie Girl is different from other companies in many ways but especially with regard to our team meetings. Amanda Thomas, founder of Moxie Girl, knows her team members are always working to improve efficiency – and since they are out in the field every day, the Moxies are an active hive of new ideas.

In planning the monthly Moxie team meeting, Amanda makes a very conscious effort to cover all the bases, making our gatherings as interactive, informative and FUN as possible. And being the smarty-pants she is, Amanda knows an immediate way to our hearts is directly through our tummies! Our monthly team meeting starts off with a yummy variety of morning snacks (including gluten-free options) coffee and juices!

Getting to Know You

Moxies work in teams on larger vacation rental home locations but more often than not we are solo on smaller projects, so it’s likely we’ve never even met many of our team members until we attend our first monthly meeting.

Amanda understands that actually getting to know your fellow Moxies is a great way to build the strength of the team. Meetings often begin with a “getting to know you” type activity that encourages interaction between Moxies. The better you know someone the more likely you are able to communicate with them effectively, right? And communication is a key to what Moxie Girl does.

Many times the “getting to know you activities” Amanda comes up with also include problem-solving aspects and best practices discussion, adding to our understanding of how to best work together while we’re getting to know each other!

The Moxie Hive

One of the things I personally most admire about Amanda is that she not only welcomes ideas and feedback, but actually invites them! A portion of the monthly meeting almost always include some version of a group brainstorming session directed toward issues currently relevant to the Moxie team. I often see Amanda fervently taking notes as discussions unfold. More importantly, I later see those great ideas and concepts finding their way into standard Moxie procedure.

How Are We Doing?

We all look forward to hearing updates on Moxie Girl’s progress toward our company goals. Amanda delivers the stats and makes us aware of, well, anything we should be aware of. She also answers any questions we may have. It’s nice to be in the loop!

Moxie Girl has experienced astounding growth in the past year – 40% over the previous year – and it is exciting to see that we are on track to hit our goal number of vacation rental home clients in early 2019!

Creative Endeavors

Who says you can’t be a creative and be a vacation rental home cleaner? Opportunities abound in our Moxie meetings to be creative! Charades, folding toilet tissue into fancy things, fun photo shoots and more have all come into play at Sunday morning meetings. (Not all at once, but that DOES sound fun!)

And We’re Off!

Our monthly meetings wrap up just in time for Moxies to grab any needed supplies and head out to conquer their Sunday vacation rental home cleaning schedules, feeling full of food, inspiration and new insight into our fellow team members. Thanks Amanda! Inspired to be a Moxie? APPLY NOW!

Discover the difference a strong team makes by choosing Moxie Girl for all your vacation rental home needs! From set up to in-between guest cleanings (including same-day services) you can trust Moxie Girl to deliver quality and reliability. Contact us today for a FREE CONSULTATION!