Introducing our Q1 – Swooner of the Quarter, Miranda Sullivan!
Swooner of the Quarter recognizes one of our team members for going above and beyond. Everyone in the company submits a nomination describing how they made the most impact.
Title: Human Resources Manager
Why She Was Nominated: Miranda was nominated by numerous individuals for Swooner of the Quarter – Q1 and rightfully so. She is constantly upbeat and is always willing to go the extra mile to help whoever needs it. She really goes above and beyond every day and wears a ton of hats. We are so lucky to have her at Swoon!
Quote from nomination: “I know she gets shout outs all the time, but they are always so well-deserved. When I think of someone who really goes above and beyond to get the job done, I immediately think of her. She is proactive and thorough in everything that she does, and if she doesn’t know the answer to something, she will go the extra mile to figure it out. She is someone I have consistently relied on – for a wide variety of things – and she always pulls through. She is a true asset.”
Swooner of the Quarter – Kaylie Mora
posted by Megan Hari |
We are so excited to introduce our most recent Swooner of the Quarter, Kaylie Mora!
Swooner of the Quarter recognizes one of our team members for going above and beyond. Everyone in the company submits a nomination describing how they made the most impact. This past quarter, Kaylie won with a total of 10 wonderful nominations!
Title: Senior Professional Recruiter
Location: San Diego
Why She Was Nominated: Kaylie was nominated by a vast amount of people for her recruiting skills and her willingness to help others with whatever they need. She is a huge asset to our team and is someone that our newer hires always look up to!
Quote from nomination: “If I were to describe Kaylie in one word, it is: consistent. She consistently works hard every day to find great, quality candidates, shows up to work ready to tackle the day and doesn’t make excuses; she has a fun, vibrant energy that she brings to the team as well. Her work ethic is a perfect example of a Swooner and never cuts corners!”
Getting hired as a remote employee is both exciting and
scary. There is the opportunity to be flexible with your location and to be
more productive without people distracting you. However, there can also be a feeling
of disconnect or loneliness as you cannot always be included in things
happening in the corporate office and do not have the opportunity to go to
someone in-person for an immediateresponse when an issue arises.
When I was hired to work remotely at Swoon, I didn’t know what to expect. I had my hesitations about not having everyone I needed around me; What if I didn’t know how to do something? How would I get support? However, from the minute I started, I never felt disconnected or left out and have always felt like a part of the “flock.”
Swoon has a plan in place to make sure all employees can
work together no matter where they are located.However, not all companies are as
aware of this need. If you are a remote employee and are feeling disengaged or left
out, here are a few tips to help you get back in the loop.
Set up a brief meeting either daily or weekly where you can speak with your team and/or manager through a video chat application. Being able to see your colleagues is a lot more personable than a phone call and helps build relationships as you get to see each other’s facial expressions and mannerisms.
Companywide Trainings or Meetings
Whenever possible, join in on anything that is companywide.
It gives you a chance to interact with colleagues that you don’t usually get to
work with. This will also help you to stay current with what the corporate
office is doing and the tools they are utilizing. At Swoon, we meet once a week
with the whole company to go over numbers, goals, wins, birthdays, events, etc.
which helps keep all employees on the same page.
Travel and Visits
As much as you can feel connected through technology, sometimes it is important to physically be in the office with your colleagues. I try to travel to the headquarters at least once a quarter, so I can work with my team in person and plan for the months ahead. It is also important to have company leadership come work from your location, so they can see how your day to day looks. They may be able to come up with ways for you to be more connected by living a day in your shoes. You should always take the initiative by asking if a travel opportunity is possible and explaining how it will help impact your work.
Make Yourself Easily Accessible
In an office environment, it is easy to walk over to someone’s desk and ask a question or discuss a project. People are usually available to you most of the day except in when in meetings. It is important to have this same accessibility from your remote location. You should be available to respond to emails, phone calls, chats and text in a timely fashion. By minimizing distractions and being prompt with your responses, you will make others know that you are just as available if not more so than their local colleagues.
Just remember, as a remote employee, it may take a little
more effort to feel connected with your coworkers. You will have to take
control of your connections and reach out often. However, with the right plan
in place, you will get the perks of working remote with the feeling of being
Written by: Nicole Vallysedigh Recruiter
September Contractor of the Month – Alan Robinson
posted by Megan Hari |
Our September Contractor of the Month is Alan Robinson, Technical Support Specialist at one of Swoon’s largest pharmaceutical clients in Indianapolis. Alan was on a one-year contract with the client, and we are happy to announce he was converted to a full-time employee with them this month! A few fun facts Alan shared with us included that he is a U.S. Navy Veteran (12 years), a private pilot, and has three wonderful grandchildren.
Alan said the hiring process through Swoon was great! “It was smooth, personable and I had good interactions with Ashley and Mark,” he said. For him, communication is key, and he said that Swoon’s team was very proactive and remained in constant communication with him, even after the onboarding process was complete.
“I was treated like a number in the past, but not with Swoon,” Alan said of his experience with staffing firms. Alan was self-employed when a Swoon recruiter reached out to him about this opportunity through his LinkedIn profile. He had worked with this client in the past and was excited at the chance to work there again.
Congratulations on your hard work paying off, Alan. It was our pleasure working with you and we wish you nothing but the best on your full-time venture!
Wellness Wednesdays- Chapter 2: Healthcare and Benefits
posted by Megan Hari |
There is a common saying that goes, “to best know how to use something that belongs to you, you must know everything about it.” This idea applies so well to Swoon’s Wellness Wednesdays chapter two topic: healthcare and the benefits offered by one’s company.
Most companies, if not all, currently have specific benefits allotted to their employees. These benefits are based on the intention to preserve the health and stability of a company’s employees as, truly, if you think about it, what is a company without the employees within it?
The one fault of the employee, when offered these benefits, is that they may not have the information to best utilize them. Therefore, here at Swoon, we have created a guide on how best utilize the advantages you work so hard for!
Make a customized plan that fits one’s individual and family needs: According to Entrepreneur.com, forty percent of employees say having a large selection of benefits strengthens the loyalty between them and their employers. Therefore, it is best to use this advantage to account for the typical needs/patterns of yourself and family.
Ask the right questions: On Trinet.com, we found a lot of questions that could very be useful during open enrollment and throughout the year. Check’ em out!
Has the prescription drug coverage changed?
Will I be able to get coverage for my family in the coming year?
Are the doctors and facilities I want to use in-network?
Have we changed benefit plan administrators or insurance carriers?
What’s new in the benefit options that might be beneficial to me and my family?
Are there any new voluntary benefits?
How often can I visit my doctor on this plan?
Do we have a wellness program that could potentially save me money?
Know how to get specialized care if need be: There are so many types of doctors, and when enrolling for benefits, it is important to check your plans coverage options. Fun fact, according to Aetna, there are over 60 types of medical specialists! Most insurance companies have benefits one can use for these specialists visits such as Dermatologists, Chiropractors, and Psychiatrists.
Don’t be afraid to utilize your healthcare benefits! Some people don’t want to miss work to go to the doctor or simply think they will get better from a sickness on their own. However, there are times when going to the doctor is necessary. The more physically and mentally well employees are, the less likely they are to have to miss multiple days of work. According to an article by U.S. News, “Health benefits keep you out of the hospital, and make you a better employee all around… the business wants happy, healthy employees and the employees want to be happy and healthy as well.”
Overall, we hope that you will utilize the benefits that are available to you at your employer. It is important when enrolling to make sure you are getting the best plan not just for you, but also for your family. Here at Swoon, we take employee health very seriously and pay for all internal employees medical, dental and vision insurance, as we want everyone to come into work feeling their best each day!
Contractor of the Month (August) – Chris Arceneaux
posted by Megan Hari |
August’s Contractor of the Month is Chris Arceneaux – a Customer Success Manager and Implementation Consultant at Swoon’s client that helps grow businesses through employment-oriented services. Chris spoke to us about his involvement since becoming a part of their Chicagoland team. During the discussion, he was ecstatic to speak on how he helps people become better candidates every day, thus placing them one step closer to the jobs of their dreams!
“The company that I work for has amazing core values and they truly invest in their people. There is a focus on empowerment, and one thing that is often heard around the office is to ‘Act like an owner,’” said Arceneaux.
“Work Is Never Boring”
Chris shared his appreciation of how involved Maggie Wall, his relationship manager, was on focusing and aligning his personal talents and passions with a company whose culture would uplift them. Chris can be the best version of himself through the ‘positive communication’ at the company he works for as according to him, “It has helped [him] build incredible relationships.”
“A fun fact about me is that I have a strong love for public speaking and am pursuing more opportunities to follow this passion within my company,” he said. Chris looks forward to the potential opportunity of becoming a full-time employee later this year as a few roles have opened! Amazing job Chris!
The work we do requires E-N-E-R-G-Y and we recently realized that physically, there could be adverse negative effects on our awesome employees because they are sitting at their desks all day here at Swoon! So, as a part of our new wellness initiative, we have put entities in place to reassure wellness from physical, mental, environmental and emotional perspectives. This effort is to further the success and happiness of our hardworking Swooners as we want to continue to remain the employer of choice – continuously pushing boundaries.
Our first wellness chapter focuses on discovering how physically, we can increase the wellness within our company. We conducted extensive research on how to create a foundation for wellness activities to take place in the office and discovered some…interesting information. A recent Forbes article shared that when corporate wellness programs first took off, the focus was mainly on, “smoking cessation (and) weight loss.” Now however, according to the article, physical wellness goals, are more focused towards developing the necessary stamina to handle daily work tasks.
Therefore, once a day at the Swoon office, we attempt to have 5 to 10-minute intervals of stretching activities. We have also been fortunate to be within an infrastructure that has a fully-equipped gym that can be utilized throughout the day for physical advancements.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
We discovered that there are many at-the-desk workout activities that can uplift one’s physical wellness. We call these physical efforts at the desk…
PHYSICAL WELLNESS THROUGH, “DESKERCISE!”
According to Greatist.com, short bouts of aerobics, strength techniques and stretching in between work activities can tremendously help improve fitness levels and heart health. Although these little techniques will probably not prepare you for your marathon, over time, they will advance personal strength and stamina while presenting the opportunity to burn a couple extra calories too!
The Casual Lean: Waiting in the hall for a meeting to start? This is the perfect time to nonchalantly work out the upper arms! Casually lean against the nearest wall, supporting your body with the forearm only. Now lean into the wall until the upper arm almost touches it, and then push back out. Repeat for 15 reps or until the meeting gets underway.
The Desk Chair Swivel: Lucky enough to have a fun swivel chair? Use its twirl to your advantage with this oblique abs fix. Sitting upright and with the feet hovering over the floor, hold the edge of your desk with your fingers and thumb. Next, use the core to swivel the chair from side to side. Swish back and forth for 15 rounds.
The Fab Abs Squeeze: Another silent deskercise, this one can be covertly executed when walking down the hall or seated during a call. Simply take a deep breath and tighten the abdominal muscles, bringing them in towards the spine as you exhale. Stay squeezed for 5-10 seconds and release. Repeat for 12-15 reps.
The Office Genie: Want to add a little magic to the workday? Raise the legs into a criss-cross applesauce position while seated in a chair. With your hands on the armrests, push upwards to raise the body off the seat and remain floating for 10-20 seconds. After granting a few wishes, release back down to the chair, rest for a minute, and repeat. Craving more magic? Try this balancing act while in a chair that spins.
The Desk Squat: Mastered the art of standing around? Add a squat! Start standing with feet together (and the desk chair pushed out of the way). Bend the knees slightly so the thighs are almost parallel to the ground, as if sitting in a chair. As you bend, raise the arms straight up or towards the computer screen. Keep the knees together and aligned. Hold for 15 seconds and release. Repeat for 4-6 reps.
Maintaining physical wellness is something that should be taken much more seriously in the workplace. Here at Swoon, we try to be ahead of the curve by furthering these initiatives. So far, we have seen great result and are look forward to even better ones in the near future! Be sure to check back next month for chapter 2 of our wellness series.
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Written By: Osoranna Mojekwu
Contractor of the Month – Derrick Deberry
posted by Megan Hari |
Swoon’s client is a financial services and mobile payment company based in San Francisco, California and Derrick Deberry, a Customer Service Representative for them spoke to us about his experience since joining their Missouri team. In the conversation, he focused on his journey with Swoon to get there, his love for leadership and how he helps daily to create a conversational, motivational work environment.
He emphasized the topic of leadership as a ‘natural passion’ of his that has been a part of him since enrolling in the military.
“I was able to transfer my leadership skills from being in the military to the office and I think it has really helped me get ahead so far,” said Deberry.
“At the office, we are fond of asking each other for help. I try my best to provide motivation and spark up conversation to make it more of a fun environment too,” he said.
Speaking with him, he made sure to share a special thanks to Justine Phillipson, the Swoon recruiter that helped him ace the application process and land the role. Derrick looks forward to the bright potential opportunity of becoming a full-time employee! Great job Derrick!