Social media in the workplace

By Marketing Coordinator, Candice Vialpando

 

Do you allow employees to use social media in the office?

There’s no denying work environments have changed. Chitter chatter around the water cooler? I think not. In today’s working world it’s a “like” here or a “tweet” there, with a sprinkle of “share” everywhere. Many businesses grasp the benefit social media plays, however it is still a largely debated issue.

Odds are your employees are using social media platforms to connect with friends or professional contacts, all from their work computers or smartphones.

The digital age has changed the way we communicate with our employees. Why talk at them, when you can talk with them? Open communication can strengthen internal relations, and break the departmental and geographical boundaries within your business.

Here are four points to consider whether social media will be beneficial to your business and employees:

  • Promotes community – Allowing employees to use social media in the workplace to interact and share with one another helps build a sense of camaraderie and community.
  • Improves communication within the company – Employees can view your company’s social media accounts which allows them to keep track of company events and projects.
  • Highlights your company culture – Employees will have a platform to talk about why your company is a great place to work. This can lead to good business and partnerships.
  • Engages employees – Increases on the job employee satisfaction as employees feel more engaged in their work and the company.

How to keep up internal initiatives

By Anastasia Warren, Marketing Director

 

It’s no secret that company initiatives can often get lost amid the demands of day-to-day work. Programs revolving around things such as company culture, wellness, or giving back can be easy to forget after the initial roll-out to employees.

So, how do we keep these important initiatives that feed our company’s success at the forefront of our employees’ minds?

1. Create a hashtag.

#Duh. In the age of social media and technology, it’s never a bad idea to create a hashtag specific to an initiative and encourage employees to use it. For example, we rolled out a volunteerism program in 2017 with the goal of giving back 360 hours of community service collectively to Reno and beyond. We created the hashtag #TACGivesBack as a fun way to encourage employee engagement and increase exposure.

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Staying Compliant: The New I-9

Staying compliant is a never ending task. Here’s the latest update in the HR and employment world:

A new Form I-9 will become mandatory on September 17, 2017. Make sure to note it contains very minor changes from the current I-9.

As an employer, you are obligated to provide proper Form I-9 training to the people who complete the Form I-9 on your behalf. Fines for a mistake on the I-9 can be very high.

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The State of the Workforce

It’s no secret that many things have changed in the Northern Nevada community. Along with new companies coming in, housing costs on the up and up, and the rise of entrepreneurship – the workforce and their demands are changing as well.

We saw an almost $2 per hour wage increase in the span of mid-2015 to late-2016.

This is substantial.

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Selecting the right employee for conference attendance

By CEO Jim Annis

Conference attendee selection might be agonizing at your organization because 1) everyone wants to go, or; 2) it’s just the opposite and you resort to drawing straws and the short one is sent off. Budgets are tight, you’ve set goals as to what you want to accomplish and you want the most out of your resources — financial and human. What do you do? Work backwards. The secret is to have enough managerial insight to envision that ideal attendee’s behavior pre-, during and post-conference. Select someone who just gets giddy over the end result that you want and the expectations set forth. Here’s how to picture them:

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8 Ways to Stay Energized

It’s May Day, the weather is nice, and you’re feeling lethargic as the 2 p.m. slump hits.

You may be in your cubicle at your desk. You may have had too many cups of coffee today. You may be in a conference meeting trying to stay awake.

How do you stay alert, refreshed, energized, and active when you work in an office setting?

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Recreational Marijuana Legalized in Nevada

By Megan Annis, HR & Client Care Manager

Please read below excerpts from an article from Holland & Hart.

Though marijuana remains illegal under federal law, effective January 1, 2017, Nevada voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older. As such, marijuana use by employees is expected to rise and increase the volume of marijuana-related issues in the workplace.

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Positivity vs. negativity in the workplace

By Jim Annis, CEO

 

It’s morning. You wake up, throw your feet over the bed and – oops! – there’s the family dog. What do you do? Kick the dog? Or pet the dog? That’s always been my litmus test about whether a person has a positive versus negative attitude. I would pet the dog … err … if I had one.

What about in the work setting? I can honestly say that I used to work for the most negative guy in the world. The perspective taught me that positivity is so much more important that anyone realizes. Workplace attitudes affect every person in the organization, from the employees to the company owner – and it truly starts from the top. Attitudes influence the overarching workplace environment,

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Skilled labor or higher education? There’s third way

Not really. There is a third path — one that is bigger and global, where we move away from assuming that all high school seniors go on to college or trade school or anything at all but “ad hoc” training.

Is this a case of “what’s old is new again?” No. This is big. When we — and hopefully school counselors — sit down to talk to our children about their future, we would be remiss to only talk about the “old ways.” That simply is not the amorphous reality our kids face tomorrow. Here’s why.

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Gen Z willing to trade hard work for job security

By Jim Annis, CEO

 

Generation Z is a force to be reckoned with. They were born between 1994 and 2010 and — if you assume a college path — they began hitting the workplace last year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gen Z makes up 25 percent of our population, outnumbering millennials and baby boomers. According to Robert Half, by 2020 Gen Z will comprise 20 percent of the workforce. So how do we ready the workforce for them? How do we ready them for the workforce?

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