As we kick off our focus on Disaster Recovery for the next few months, we want to share a story about our own little disaster that occurred in August. This story illustrates that disasters can come in all shapes and sizes, and their impact can vary. So while you may not be in the path of the next destructive natural disaster, there are still ways your operations can be impacted.
I was recently approached by an old friend at another company in Omaha, Nebraska. They were frustrated because they were losing good people - employees who added value to their workplace but consistently left due to company culture.
My friend called because she had heard me talk about Mytech’s Culture and how much we work on creating an environment people want to work and thrive in. She was in a position to enact change in her company and wanted to know where to start.
As companies constantly rethink their rewards and recognition strategies due to the new wave of people joining and leaving jobs much more & faster than before, it is imperative that we understand what does ‘Foster a culture of praise’ mean? In Mytech, this being one of the values brings a wealth of hidden talent, behaviors, professionalism and a commitment to the fore when people are praised and valued.
Remember when you could easily identify phishing emails because they all came from a foreign prince who wanted to share his wealth with you? As with all cyber attacks, malicious emails have evolved to the point where they look like they came from the person or company the bad actor is trying to imitate. Here are some things to watch out for...
As we start the month of August and get a little closer to the “State Fair” and “Back to School”, I would like to bring to attention the value of “Care and share.” We are all faced with a busy time as summer winds down. Thoughts of spending time with family and getting the kids ready for the first day of school come to the forefront.
“Givers succeed in a way that creates a ripple effect, enhancing the success of people around them” said Adam Grant in his groundbreaking & innovative book “Give and Take”. The book talks about extensive research on people who are givers, takers or matchers. My inspiration for this piece is on “Givers”. The surprising forces pushing people up through their careers works well for not only takers but givers as well. When a giver gives guidance, mentoring, companionship to another, he is actually setting him up for success. At Mytech, one of the values that is deeply engrained is “Set the next person up for success”.
With Summer taking full stride, I want to bring the value “Create Fun and a Little Weirdness” to the forefront of June. Every day I see the demeanor at Mytech change with the weather and all that comes with it. So much of moving any organization forward comes from productivity and metrics that lead us along a path of growth and prosperity. I believe much of Mytech’s productivity comes in part from the uniqueness of its employees, a uniqueness that naturally shines through when Summer comes.
High-profile malware attacks keep putting threat prevention best practices at the top of everyone’s technology list. Just last month there were two major attacks, Google Docs Phishing and WannaCry Ransomware, that spread quickly through exploiting both human and technology vulnerabilities. With each new attack, the importance of layered security continues to be reinforced by both vendor partners and security experts.
I find myself writing this month’s culture article with a heavy heart. One of our project engineers Jason Ritenour was involved in a fatal car accident this past weekend. If you ever had the privilege to work with him, you know how devastating of a loss this is for his family, friends and our team. He was not only a smart engineer he was a great coworker and friend to many of us.