Helping A New Employee Transition

7K0A0868We recently posted an article about transitioning to a new job, and techniques for new hires that will help them make a successful transition into their new position. But what about the other side of the coin? What about hiring managers who are preparing for a new employee, or maybe even a new grad who has never worked before and is entering their organization?

If you have a new grad or new hire in your organization, there are a few techniques that can help make their transition more successful, allowing for a shorter transition time and more workplace satisfaction.

How to Help a New Hire With The Transition

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    Small Town Stories: Lucerne, Wyoming

    We love small towns! Why, you may ask? Well, working with small towns allows us to really get to know our customers personally to understand their special needs. For example, when Utility Billing Clerk Taylor Smalley from the town of Lucerne, Wyoming, called us needing a cloud-based solution for their utility billing operations so she could work from home and tend to her cattle, we thought, “we can relate to that and it’s exactly why we are in the business of small town software!”

    Cattle tending is just part of Taylor’s life in Lucerne, a town of 535 residents. Located in Hot Springs County, Wyoming, Lucerne is a 20-square mile plot of mostly land (The Bighorn River runs through it) in Central Wyoming, just north of Thermopolis. Read more >

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    Transition: Preparing for the Workforce

    7K0A0879Whether you are a post-grad student looking to enter the workforce for the first time, or in the process of making one of the seven (on average) career transitions most people make in a lifetime, transition can be a very difficult and nerve-racking undertaking.

    Transition is physical, psychological, and mental. A successful job transition means functionally succeeding at all the following factors:

    • Adopting the organization’s culture, vision, and methods
    • Making new relationships
    • Establishing your credibility, knowledge, and skill set
    • Learning a new job
    • Establishing and meeting the expectations of a new supervisor
    • Learning to manage your time
    • Setting new goals, objectives, and deliverables
    • Seeking feedback
    • Understanding cultural norms of a new organization (how meetings are conducted, understanding schedules, adapting to new management styles, and learning how to fit in)

    With so many factors that contribute to a successful immersion, it’s no wonder it can feel overwhelming starting a new job! Read more >

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    Why Government is So Quick to Adopt The Cloud

    English: Cloud ComputingUsually a late adopter, the Government is more commonly associated with “slow and secure” rather than “high tech and new.” But when it comes to the cloud, more and more local governments and municipalities are taking the leap, and cloud is quickly “changing everything in Government IT.”

    We ran across an article in Government Technology about local government cloud adoption, and thought it was an interesting—though lengthy—read.

    The article discusses how once counties and cities adopt the cloud for one thing (say, the County Appraisers office), the usability, cost-savings, and quickness encourages them to explore other areas where the cloud would be helpful. Read more >

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    Office Health Trend: Standing Desks

    Standing desks are the latest trend for office workers looking to maintain a healthier working environment, joined by other office health trends such as the exercise bike desk and the treadmill desk. We even have a standing desk right here in our BMS offices!

    Because they promote a healthy lifestyle during work hours, many offices have found wonderful benefits to providing employees with standing desks. Some of these benefits to standing desks include:

    • Reduction in obesity: Standing contributes to increased activity throughout the day, which results in a reduction of obesity.
    • Reduction in medical problems: Standing contributes to a reduction in the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and other metabolic problems.
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    2014 City Clerk Salary Survey Results and Infographic

    Last month, we asked members of our LinkedIn Group, The City Clerk Cafe, to participate in a city clerk salary survey to find out more about city council and city clerk pay. We wanted to paint an accurate picture of how population affects city council, mayor, and city clerk salary.

    What we found was very interesting!

    What we learned from the 2014 City Clerk Salary Survey

  • The higher the city population, the higher the City Council pay–by quite a bit! In towns with under 5,000 residents, the salary of a city council member may just be less than the gas it costs to get to the meeting—an average of $2,400 a year! Read more >
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    The Importance of Water Conservation

    The drought-filled summer months that many cities and utility districts have experienced in 2014 have made it clear that high availability of water tends to be taken for granted by residents. We flip on a faucet and enjoy water any time we wish – and don’t think about what a wonderful luxury it really is to have clean abundant water always available at our fingertips. The truth is, only a little over 2% of the world’s water is fresh water and only 1% is accessible drinking water.

    In wide-spread drought times, we become more aware that there are many areas of the US where water conservation is almost always a concern and not so taken for granted. Read more >

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    BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): Five Things to Consider

    English: A pile of mobile devices including sm...In the five or so years since BYOD (meaning Bring Your Own Device) first emerged as an acronym, the proliferation of devices such as tablet computers and smartphones has led to an increasing tendency among organizations to allow employees to bring their own devices to work and connect them to the organization’s network. The BYOD movement is showing no signs of slowing. In addition to corporate offices of all sizes, state governments, county offices and city halls are altering their policies to permit personally owned mobile devices in the workplace and use of those devices to access proprietary information and applications. Read more >

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    Where Will the Internet of Things and Wearable Technology Take Us?

    An icon from icon theme Crystal Clear.The Cloud. Apps. Domains. Big Data. With so many techy buzzwords, computer jargon, and computer slang, the world of technology can have us feeling out of touch in a nanosecond! And now there are two more buzzwords floating around that seem to have the average Joe a little more than confused: wearable technology and the “Internet of Things”.

    We like to try to keep you informed of upcoming trends in technology and hope that we can help alleviate some confusion about them. Though we are in the somewhat humdrum business of government accounting software, we also live every day in the exciting place where new technology meets tried-and-true software. Read more >

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    Must-Have Apps for Government Office Employees

    appsDo you love your smartphone? Do you find yourself obsessed with apps? Then do we have something fun for you! It’s our favorite Apps for Government Employees.

  • Google Docs: The powerful suite of document creation and editing tools from Google. This Cloud-based services allows users to quickly create, revise, share and store documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from any location with internet access.
  • Ergonomics: This app gives office workers health tips, options for low impact stretches, and tracks activity levels. It also allows users to set notifications when it’s time to get up and stretch.
  • Trello: This popular project management tool is similar to Basecamp, but it’s free. Read more >
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