United Wholesale Mortgage goes to great lengths to create a fun, but also driven, work environment at its headquarters.

As HousingWire covered in the past, one thing that helps UWM stay unique is that it chooses to focus on its people and culture.

“We put a value on our people culture and clients,” Mat Ishbia, CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage, explained in an interview. To not go through the same layoffs as the rest of the county, Ishbia said they insulated themselves from that layoff mentality by investing in technology, so when business slows down, people are cross trained to do more things.”

In what may be one of the best examples of the company's dedication to its employees, Fast Company featured UWM in an article on “Five creative ways to power through the afternoon slump.”

Rather than a walk to get fresh air or a quick group exercise, which are also listed as great examples, UWM’s answer might surprise you.  

From the article by Stephanie Vozza:

1. Dance parties

Employees at the mortgage lender United Shore look forward to 10-minute dance parties held every Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. The idea began as a small gathering of five or six people and became so popular that the company installed a dance floor on the second floor to accommodate a crowd of more than 100.

"We have a lot of team members at United Shore who work from their desks and are focused on hitting their daily goals," says CEO Mat Ishbia. "The dance parties give them a little break to get up, reenergize themselves and get back to their day. That energy helps us stay focused."

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