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17 syllables for 17 years

May 25, 2015 Blog 1 min read

Each year, Plante Moran celebrates our inclusion on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list with a contest. This gives us something fun to do during busy season, and it adds an element of celebration during the post-holidays winter lull. We’ve hosted trivia contests, photo caption contests—you name it, we’ve probably done it.

This year’s competition was equally off-beat. We invited staff to write a haiku about what they enjoy most about Plante Moran. The rationale:

  • Haikus have 17 syllables, and we’re celebrating our 17th year on the Fortune list.
  • Anyone can come up with 17 syllables—even those of us knee deep in tax returns.

People loved the contest—we had more than 700 entries.  These entries were narrowed down to one winner for each office. We then developed a fun video featuring the winning haikus, and we asked our staff to vote for their three favorites who would win our grand prizes: $250, $500, and $1,000 gift certificates, respectively. Here are the winners:

Third place

Wise tax firm once said:
“If you feed them, they will come
work nights and weekends.”

Second place

Seventeen beers for
Seventeen years! It is five
o’clock somewhere. . . cheers!

First place

Your chance to succeed.
At Plante Moran they await.

Fun, right? I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s impressive what our staff was able to communicate in so few syllables.

So what do you think? If you were to write a haiku about your job, what would it say?

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