Friday, June 17, 2016

Meet Casey Sellers -- Our Social Media Manager!

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Next up for a SPAN employee spotlight is Casey Sellers, our social media manager! She was born in Point Pleasant, New jersey, and brought every bit of Jersey she has left with her to Cramerton, North Carolina where she currently lives with her husband Tyler and their lovely dog Sadie. Want to know more about her? Read below!

SPAN: If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?

I probably would have taken myself more seriously in high school and really buckled down on what type of career path I wanted. I didn’t realize my passion for marketing until mid-way through college. Had I devised a game plan earlier, I think I could have geared my education and training more in that direction.

SPAN: If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Probably something from my mom’s cookbook because she is an amazing chef. But if all else fails on a busy night, we would just order a pizza.

SPAN: What was the biggest risk you ever took and what did you learn from it?

Switching majors in college. I started out wanting to be a nurse and halfway through my courses I realized this was not for me. Although my parents were very proud of the path I had taken, I had to follow my gut and my interests which led me to communications and marketing.

SPAN: What are you passionate about?

I am incredibly passionate about understanding the digital age. Especially for my career, it is important for me to stay on top of things and I don’t view that as a chore. I love learning new social media marketing tactics and strategies, implementing them, and watching them work with positive results.

On a more fun note, as a true Carolina girl, I'm also a huge fan of the Carolina Panthers. Keep Pounding!

SPAN: What's the one thing you really enjoy about SPAN?

The people. The people that work at SPAN Enterprises are some of the kindest, most genuine people I have ever met.

SPAN: Who has inspired you in your life, and why?

My little sister is hands down my biggest inspiration. Although she may be younger than I am, she has had a major impact on my adult life. Being 6’ 2”, she dealt heavily with bullying and confidence issues in high school. Now, at 24, she has embraced herself and has more confidence in herself than anyone I know, physically and professionally. She teaches me daily to embrace myself for the person that I am. Her motto is that every person, male or female, should always just be themselves and stop trying to impress the world. If you impress yourself daily that is all that matters. One day, if I have a daughter, I am going to be so happy that she will have an Aunt like my sister.

Well there you have it folks, some wisdom from one of our marketing team members! I bet you wish you could try out one of the recipes from her mom’s cookbook, or get some inspiration from her wonderful sister! But you can’t. So anyway, we hope you enjoyed the SPAN employee spotlight. Until next time...
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Meet Kathryne Wiseman: Product Coordinator of SPAN Enterprises

Alicia Lepore 4/08/2016 1 Comment so far

If anyone exhibits effective teamwork in the workplace, it's the people here at SPAN Enterprises. And we make it fun! Competitive games of Charades, Friday afternoon get-togethers, and now, employee spotlights—they're all meant to help create a positive atmosphere that lets us learn more about those we see on a daily basis. But why stop there? We want you guys (our clients) to be a part of our work family—to know just as much about the SPANnies as we do. And today, it's all about Kathryne (Kat, for short) Wiseman, content writer and product coordinator for ExpressACAForms. Living in Rock Hill, SC, she is a graduate of Winthrop University with a degree in English and Creative Writing. Beyond putting her ideas in the right words, she enjoys yoga, watching Netflix marathons, and being at the beach. That's not all. Keep reading to see what other information we were able to get out of her!

SPAN: What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Kat: I think one of my greatest strengths has always been my empathy for others; it's made me an effective, nonjudgmental listener and helps me see and acknowledge multiple viewpoints in most situations. Probably one of my biggest weaknesses is a lack of assertiveness, even in situations when being assertive is necessary.

SPAN: What do you think about when you're alone in your car?
Kat: What don't I think about when I'm alone in the car? Haha. It's my thinking place, so I think about anything and everything when I'm driving. I'll frequently take a longer route somewhere just to follow a train of thought, and when I'm unable to get to sleep, I'll drive around to help focus my thoughts.

SPAN: Who has inspired you in your life, and why?
Kat: The teachers I've had inspire me, particularly those I could tell really love what they do. A handful of my high school teachers, most of my college professors, yoga, art, and dance instructors I've had all come to mind. I guess I've always found it incredibly inspiring when someone not only wants to learn as much as they can and master their own subject/craft/purpose but also wants to share that knowledge with others.

SPAN: What three items would you take to a desert island (other than food and water)?
Kat: A rechargeable Kindle, writing/drawing materials, and a boat.

SPAN: Which song best describes your work ethic?
Kat: "Whistle While You Work" from Snow White, of course.

SPAN: What would you do if you won the lottery?
Kat: I'm boring, I'd probably mostly invest it and/or put it in savings. But I'd also go ahead and use a portion of it to pay off my credit card debt, buy a newer Jeep and a beach house, and set up an allowance to let myself take a trip somewhere new every year.

We loved her answers, did you? Let us know which ones you really liked in the comment section below! And in regard to these new and exciting spotlights for the SPAN employees, Henry Ford couldn’t have said it better: "Coming together is the beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Meet Demetri Williams: Digital Media Manager of SPAN Enterprises

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We at SPAN Enterprises put an emphasis on teamwork and creating strong relationships that are known for enriching the workdays. Between Friday afternoon get-togethers, team-building activities, golf outings, and our favorite, Ping-Pong tournaments, you can say that we make sure to join forces as much as possible, which also helps us learn more about each other. And we thought our clients should get in on the action, too. Starting, well, now, we'll be taking a closer look into the lives of fellow SPANnies by asking unique questions, and luckily, digital media manager Demetri Williams agreed to go first!

SPAN: What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
Demetri: I'm the only male on the paternal side of my family to obtain a college degree.

SPAN: Which superpower would you like to have?
Demetri: Breathing underwater! Think about it! Visiting underwater volcanoes, seeing what lies beyond the abyss. Do mermaids really exist? Maybe I’d be the first one. And let’s not forget swimming with dolphins and skipping fare for a cruise to Maui or St. Thomas.

SPAN: Would you rather be liked or respected?
Demetri: Respected. It is a well-known fact that not everyone will like you and to be honest, I’m not for everyone; however, it is the golden rule and pure human nature to treat others as you wish to be treated and I want to be treated with respect.

SPAN: How would your best friend describe you?
Demetri: “He’s a person who most people would love to have the pleasure of knowing. He is ambitious and caring. Through the years, whenever I needed something, he was always there without any hesitation.” - Olivia, best friend, circa 2002

SPAN: What do you do in your spare time?
Demetri: Contrary to popular belief, I am a true homebody. So most of my spare time involves me at home, reading, writing, playing video games, headlining concerts in the living room to my favorite music, or binge-watching YouTube series.

SPAN: What is your favorite quote?
Demetri: “There are no problems, only solutions” by John Lennon. And in the words of Jair (SPAN’s director of finance and administration), “You figure it out.”

We sure would love a trip to Maui or St. Thomas as well! Tell us below—which one of Demetri's answers was most interesting to you? And how do you connect and learn more about your co-workers?

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Friday, March 18, 2016

What to Capture During Employee Performance Reviews

Alicia Lepore 3/18/2016 1 Comment so far

After a year of hard work, deadlines, and endless coffee runs, employees expect to hear some feedback, discuss critical moments, and figure out where they can improve performance-wise. Some managers are on the same page with the goal to focus on experiences and development. Others, though, only conduct performance reviews and evaluate their employees to determine if a pay raise is necessary. Knowing that can make reviews feel more dreadful than helpful or motivational, which is why we decided it'd be a good idea for our topic today. What should happen to ensure managers (like yourself) and employees are both getting the most out of their time?

Capture the moments when they were at their best

Ask when they felt they were at their absolute best, how it made them feel, who they were working with at the time, and what they were able to learn about themselves. Commending someone for their successes will only help them to continue to thrive.

Capture the moments when they were not at their best

Let real life situations be the guide here. In other words, talk about a time (or times) when they felt they weren't performing up to par, how they were feeling, who were they working with, if they asked for help, and what they require more of—which could either come from you or the company as a whole.

Capture a plan to optimize for the best

Now that you’re aware of the good and not-so-good moments, you have the chance to place them in the right situations to shine. For instance, do they work better alone or in collaborative environments? Do they work better when instructions are clear and organized or when they aren't? If employees are unclear on expected outcomes, you can then ask yourself, what can I do as a manager to set better expectations?

Capture career development

This part of a performance review can focus on where they see themselves in the future. Ask what type of experiences they want to have, what motivates them, what they dislike, and what makes them curious. And the answers will most likely vary. They may say that they'd like to stay with your company but in a different role, or they may ultimately wish to move outside the company. At the end of the day, it's your responsibility as their manager to support their vision, decisions, and career goals.

With these steps, performance reviews can feel more like a productive conversation to improve and grow than an obligated and uncomfortable meeting. If you know of more ways to conduct successful reviews, we’d love it if you could share them in the comment section below!

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