social media in the workplace

Social Media in the Workplace

Are your employees allowed to use social media in the workplace?

There’s no denying work environments have changed. Chitter chatter around the water cooler has died. Today’s working world involves likes, tweets, shares, comments, video calling and instant messaging. Numerous businesses grasp the advantage social media can have, however it is still a largely debated topic.

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How to Keep Up Internal Initiatives?

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.

2. Remind, remind, remind.

It’s not enough to announce a new program once and then assume the entire staff is on board. As with brand messaging or really, anything else in business, it takes multiple reminders and a constant drive to continue for anything outside of day-to-day tasks. Send a weekly update, set quarterly goals, send out reminders – the way to make these initiatives successful is to continue to drive them day in and day out.

3. Publicize.

When someone does a great job, reward them! Whether it’s posting on social media, sending out an all staff email, or giving them a gift card for good work – always make employees feel good about their contribution – as they deserve to.

4. Make it fun.

No one wants to do extra work if it’s not enjoyable – fact. We encourage wellness at TAC, and we have a group of employees that goes walking every day at 10am and 3pm. Not only does this get us out of the office, but allows us to decompress and spend time with our coworkers. Employees go on these walks because they LIKE to, not because they have to.

5. Lead by example.

Bottom line, lead by example. If the people putting in place the program don’t participate, it’s difficult to expect the rest of the team to do so either.


By Anastasia Warren, Marketing Director



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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 I-9 form 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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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, which in turn determines employee morale, productivity and team-building abilities. Understanding this relationship is an important tool in creating a harmonious workplace — but even more important, it is imperative to develop a great place to work with high employee engagement.


Accepting a compliment gracefully or helping to create a positive atmosphere itself releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. It also helps regulate movement and emotional response, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them. Bottom line: People’s brains respond to positivity naturally.

Being positive for positive’s sake isn’t enough. I’ve also learned over the years that positivity has to be genuine. Over the years, my employees have taught me that my optimism can get in the way of being real at times, which can impede decision-making. We have all run across people who are positive but they are more “sizzle than steak,” or there is something artificial going on. Authenticity is invaluable. The loudest, biggest, most popular person at a party isn’t the steak – their sizzle is “all about me.”

Successful leaders are typically positive, not negative. When you are truly interested in maintaining relationships with colleagues, have sincere interest in a person, provide support for one another, are kind and compassionate, forgive mistakes, inspire one another – all these are aspects of positivity in the workplace. If you are truly thrilled when you see other people succeed, that is an example of meaningful work. Meaningful work builds loyalty in any organization and provides a sense of security.

The Inevitable

Sooner or later you will get the negative employee. Typical characteristics include all-or-nothing thinking, overgeneralization, labeling, jumping to conclusions and blaming others. Negativity leads to distrust, a cutthroat environment, pressure and stress, and it’s harmful to productivity. Negative-attitude employees are typically hard to manage and you get sucked into the negativity. Overcoming that one toxic person is exhausting. In fact, it takes five positive comments to overcome one negative. However, being a critical thinker does not mean you are negative. You cannot have a kumbaya. You need some type of tension at work as an impetus to change, or you would be bored and lack innovation.

How to Get It

Dale Carnegie said, “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” Life’s obstacles are limitless. A positive attitude at work – starting at home with petting the dog – is the only way to minimize negative impacts and maximize joy. Who doesn’t want to be joyful?

Jim Annis is president/CEO of The Applied Companies, which provide HR solutions for today’s workplace. Celeste Johnson, Applied’s COO, contributed to this article.

View original in the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Skilled Labor or Higher Education? There’s a Third Way

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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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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Spring has sprung

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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