Ready to Return

People leave the workforce for a variety of reasons, many times related to caregiving. Sometimes after they leave, they want to come back. In those situations, a long gap in a resume can seem an insurmountable barrier to rejoining, but there are programs created specifically to assist in the transition. And ReadyTalk has a success story.

John Bortscheller was a stay-at-home dad for seven years, but before that, he was a corporate account manager at Verizon. He had fantastic skills and a great attitude, but didn’t consider rejoining the workforce until the summer before his second son entered kindergarten. Even at that point, he wasn’t actively looking for work. He was concerned that he’d have to accept suboptimal positions to regain experience.

Meghan Deangelis knew what a gap in her resume might feel like. Last year, she planned to leave her job to care for her child. She even gave her notice, explaining to HR that while she loved ReadyTalk, she needed to be home. That’s when they mentioned their interest in the Path Forward program, an internship for caregivers who’d left the workforce for a while, but were ready to return. HR offered her the opportunity to work part-time searching for potential hires through the program. Meghan accepted, agreeing to stay on working contract hours. johnb

She posted positions all over, including a Denver neighborhood forum. Ironically, John rarely looked at that forum, but saw the post from ReadyTalk by chance. “That forum is usually for moms,” he admitted. “For some reason, that day I decided to take a look.” Out of all the resumes Meghan received, John’s stood out.

What made it work — to bring John into ReadyTalk?

John: Having an established program where I could network and meet people gave me a lot of confidence about returning.

Meghan: John had energy. He had great skills despite a gap in his resume, and not only was he eager to learn, but he was able to pick up where he left off. From start to finish, we had an outline of how we were going to run the program, and that step by step process allowed everyone to succeed.

What were the specifics?

Meghan: We started small and moved slowly — intending only a few people to join us as we piloted what we now call the “Ready to Return” program. We surveyed people at regular intervals and ensured they had the tools needed. We were also careful not to promise employment. And we ensured the departments’ managers were onboard. It wouldn’t have been successful without them.

What advice do you have?

John: Network. Don’t sweat the small things about your resume. Trust yourself. You’ll get back in the swing of things faster than you think.

Meghan: For people interested in getting back into the workforce, cut down on your resume to what you know. Many times, people assume they need to fill in everything from after they graduated from college. That’s not true! Companies are looking for skills that match what they need, not necessarily your entire working life.

In the end, the project proved a success — so successful ReadyTalk is interested in bringing in more caregiving interns. John proved a great hire, and HR kept a valued member. The next Ready to Return program has started. Go to our careers page for more info.

Rituals and All-Employee Meetings

Transitions are hard. Birth. Death. Marriage. These are all important parts of our lives and why we put so much emphasis around rituals. It’s not even just North America; rituals are prevalent in every part of the world.

It’s also not just our personal lives that have these rituals. At work, we have re-orgs, mergers, acquisitions, major changes in direction, new strategies, new products and more. The best way to handle these is through rituals. It helps employees understand the importance and feel more connected to them. It also improves employee meetings.

Webinars – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We asked people at Marketo’s conference, Marketing Nation Summit, to give us their webinar successes and failures.

The worst of the webinar stories are things that aren’t even your fault, but impact your brand and ability to generate leads: lags or dropped audio. We’re proud that ReadyTalk doesn’t have the epic fails that our competitors do.

Watch the good, the bad and the ugly.

To Quote Nike: Just Do It (Company Meetings)

We understand your hesitation with holding regular company-wide meetings. Depending on the size of your organization, all-hands-on-deck meetings can run you hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars. And yet, you can’t afford NOT to have all-company gatherings at your business.

Why do these meetings matter?

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They can dramatically improve your organization’s engagement levels as well as understanding of key company initiatives — like objectives and strategy. They are a crucial factor in creating a strong corporate culture at your organization, which will allow you to build a loyal customer and employee base.

Employees’ understanding of objectives and strategy improve engagement, but also helps with their productivity. They’ll understand their own work better if they know how it improves the company itself.

What are the main benefits for these meetings?

Entrepreneur wrote that these gatherings encourage a collaborative team environment and unify everyone toward similar goals and strategies. Essentially, if you want to boost innovation levels at your organization, you want everyone to be on the same page – from the lowest level workers all the way up to the CEO.

They are also an excellent time to have understand the company values. Use this corporate meeting time as an excuse to hold bring your staff together and appreciate the work everyone’s doing. Employees from all across the country will feel more connected and satisfied with their work if they not only feel appreciated, but are able to engage with co-workers, even using video.

How can I make the most of my company-wide meeting?

Make sure you cover these important items with your employees:

  • Goals and why they matter to the company and individuals
  • Strategies and why they’ll deliver results
  • Initiatives and why they’re important
  • What teams can do
  • Any follow-up on what happens next, like whether their managers will be meeting with them

It’s all about cascading information and ensuring people understand.

Ensure manager success

Managers should understand what’s being discussed and why before the meeting happens. Chances are good employees will save questions for their managers. If they’re hearing information for the first time, employees won’t get questions answered.

If for any reason that’s impossible due to the size of your organization, ensure officers are aware and email highlights to managers. At the very least, officers can attend team meetings and provide information back or address how their organization can make a difference.

Hold Q&A at all-company meetings

Holding question and answer sessions are an excellent way to encourage worker participation. Your employees want and need a voice at your company: So don’t be afraid to give it to them at these meetings, even if they have hard questions.

One of the best way to cut costs in your all-company meetings is to host a live webcast. You can lead high-resolution, interactive meetings right over the internet. If you have multiple offices all over the country, simply broadcast your office meeting for the rest of your organization, which will save you time and money without losing employee engagement.

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Great Tech and Good Causes Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

One of the most common schools of thought today regarding nonprofit versus for-profit work is that you can either do what you love for less or do what you hate and earn a lot. For many IT professionals, great technology and good causes also seem to be mutually exclusive.

Their work is challenging because of their conflicting desire to digitally revolutionize their office with their nonprofit’s limited budget. But what if we said that innovative technology and meaningful work don’t have to be at odds?

Save donor money and support your organization

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While dynamic software tools, such as CRM and data collection solutions, are on the rise, even for small nonprofits across world, you may need to find

more cost-effective ways to help your nonprofit succeed without emptying out the company bank account. Here are just a couple ways you can achieve this goal:

Revamp your website, email marketing and social media approach.

Maybe your website is too cluttered or not interactive enough to promote easy donation. Perhaps you are inconsistent with your email marketing campaign or posting onto your organization’s Facebook or Twitter pages. Whatever is the case, you need to get serious and leverage these technologies for your nonprofit’s best interest. As there are plenty of free or low cost websites, social media platforms and marketing software available, you should take advantage of them to raise brand awareness and donations for your organization!

Revolutionize the collaborative work environment.

As a nonprofit, you most likely have multiple offices across the country or world that you need to keep track on. This is why ReadyTalk’s FoxDen video conferencing solution will solve any of your communication, productivity, connection or employee engagement issues at the click of your mouse. Instead of relying on poor connections and streaming services, our web, mobile app and in-house hardware web conferencing solutions will provide your employees with flawless resolution and connections, making meetings a breeze – no matter where you are. Not only is it secure and data is easily stored on the cloud, but it’s an affordable solution that will keep your organization succeeding and collaborating for years to come.