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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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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No 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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Happy First Day of Spring!

 

TAC's 2017 theme is centered around growth.

Growth for our clients, growth for our internal employees, and growth for the city of Reno and beyond!

That is why, we gave each TAC team member some gardening tools with the request to, "plant something and watch it grow," in honor of the first day of spring.

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RENO IS GROWING, YOU SHOULD BE TOO.

Learn how TAC can help your company grow at theappliedcompanies-staging.cgenbev4-liquidwebsites.com

CEO Jim Annis talks on The Jon Sanchez Show (kkoh-am 780). Workplace dynamics, generations, social media, and the workforce are discussed in this not-to-miss 20 minute segment.

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By Anastasia Warren, Sales and Marketing Manager

 

“I like that idea, but we need to weigh the pros and cons.”

If my upper leadership responds with this, I automatically feel that my input is inadequate. That my solution was the wrong one. That there are too many flaws to my idea.

“I like that idea, and we need to weigh the pros and cons.”

If my upper leadership responds with this, I have hope. I feel that I contributed, that my opinion is valued, that there was something to what I said.

It's no surprise to us that positivity and positive reinforcement is important. In the workplace, in relationships, in your life.

And in the workplace, not every single idea is going to be a good one. Not every single idea is going to move forward.

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By Anastasia Warren, Marketing Manager

 

So, it’s a month or two into the new year. The holidays are well over, the year-end bonuses have been spent, and there are no major holidays in sight.

The excitement of a great year is wearing off, and looking into a new year full of possibility and new goals has pretty much disappeared from employees’ minds among their daily tasks.

The momentum an organization feels at the end and start of a new year is important. It lunges us forward, it makes us feel grateful – it offers a mindset of growth and potential.

So how do we keep this feeling going?

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By Anastasia Warren, Marketing Manager

 

I've recently noticed the amount of people in the world pointing out problems.

Yes, this is needed.

We need to understand the root of the problems we as a society face. We need to identify pain points and different issues.

What I wish I saw more of, are solutions. Discussions about solutions, ideas for solutions.

We often get so bogged down in the problems themselves, that we forget to work together to find an answer — to solve them.

This applies to many things going on in the world right now, but today, I want to talk about the simple topic of millennials in the workplace.

Say "ay" if you have seen an article this week about millennials changing the workplace.

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The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) put together a great video on new companies and economic and job growth in Nevada.

 

Take a look:

Visit EDAWN here.

By Anastasia Warren

 

It’s that time of year again. Time to set the table, baste the turkey, take the pumpkin pie out of the oven, and eat… probably a little too much.

It is a couple of days off from work, a time to see family and friends, and a time to prepare for the approaching end of the year.

It can often seem more stressful than not, trying to get together with loved ones, making sure things are in order, ensuring you don’t miss the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. Not to mention, leaving work can be hectic and the thought of returning after the holiday can sometimes seem daunting.

This is all true, yes. And most of the time, these logistical and detailed items are what our minds focus on during the holiday season.

What I challenge you to do this year, is focus on the word itself. Thanks-giving.

This holiday, take the time to give thanks. Take the time to appreciate what you have. Take the time to practice gratitude.

Take the time – give thanks this holiday.

I have recently noticed an increase in appreciation at our company. Employees and management both extending gratitude “just because.” Whether it’s thanking the company for being an exceptional place to work, or thanking employees for creating such a cohesive and fun environment – appreciation has been apparent as of late.

Giving thanks often gets lost amid the everyday grind of emails, personal life, and obligations.

And so again, this holiday, I challenge you to not only give thanks and practice gratitude internally, but also to let others know you are thankful for them. Let them know they are valued.

Don’t burn the turkey, but don’t forget about the important stuff as well. And maybe, this mentality can carry on past the holiday of thanks. Maybe, it can be a new way of thinking for the end of the year and beyond.

Take the challenge – give thanks.

By Anastasia Warren

 

You just spent the last few days soaking up the sun with your toes in the sand. Or maybe, you took a week to relax at home and get caught up around the house.

Whatever you did, it was vacation – time off while your workplace continued to do business. Getting ready to take time off proved to be busy, and at times even stressful, but you finally made it to your cherished days away from the office.

But now, it’s time to re-enter the workplace. To walk through the doors, say hello to your co-workers, and yes, open your email inbox (if you haven’t been peeping throughout your vacation already).

Time off from work is an essential part to your growth, both personally and professionally. It shouldn’t be an overly stressful event. In fact, it should leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated to begin working again.

So how do you re-enter the work grind, in order to maximize the benefits of your time off and minimize your stress? By following these six simple steps.

  1. Have a calm morning.

Set your alarm a tad early on the day of your return. Make a good cup of coffee. Eat a healthy breakfast. Take your time and maintain a sense of calm. Go over the things you are grateful for and start your day off right.

  1. Get an early start.

After you’ve spent your morning calmly preparing for your day, make sure you leave a little early. Get to the office a few minutes earlier than normal – you can spend this time getting ready to face the reality of your workload and get a jump start on the catch up game.

  1. Take time for yourself.

At the beginning of your day, take an hour or so to go through your emails, go through pending projects, and create a prioritized to-do list for the day. A “catch up” plan is now in place, and you can proceed with less stress knowing that you are not missing anything.

  1. Let others know that it is on your list.

Depending on your position, when you return to the office you may be in high demand. Everyone will want to talk to you about pending projects or needed decisions that they were waiting on until you returned. It’s OK to tell co-workers that it is in on your radar, that it is a priority, but that you are working on numerous things at the moment as you re-acclimate and that you will get to it in due time. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. It’s OK.

  1. Get your workout or other “me time” in.

Just because it’s your first crazy day back, doesn’t mean you should skimp on your routine. In fact, it is essential to re-entering with as little stress as possible. Normally workout on your lunch break? Workout on your lunch break. Normally take two walks around the block a day to clear your head? Take two walks around the block to clear your head. You’ll thank yourself for it.

Let me guess, no ball was dropped, no account was lost – everything is OK, even though you took some time away. Yes, your to-do list seems daunting. Yes, everyone has a new project for you. Take a deep breath and remember that you deserved your vacation, and everything will be back to normal in a few short and busy days.

By Anastasia Warren, Marketing Manager

 

Sometimes, the best solution is something simple, old-fashioned, and proven to work.

The issue of employees feeling comfortable enough to bring light to issues in the workplace is apparent at most companies.

No matter how open your management team or leadership is, some employees will always find it difficult to bring light to their different concerns.

There are multiple ways to solve this issue, but the one that we have found the most useful, is the good ol’ suggestion box.

Having suggestion boxes placed around the office makes it easy for employees to drop an anonymous note regarding a concern they may have. Make sure they are labeled, well-known amongst your employees, and fully stocked with blank paper and pens.

The most important thing here, is to address the concerns. If employees make the effort to express their different issues, it is important to follow-up and take them seriously in order to show employees that you not only care, but that you can be trusted.

Whether that is through a company-wide email or your next all-staff meeting, make sure to address the issues and reiterate that they are all valid.

Welcome to your new, happier office, where open communication is made easy for all personalities.

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